OpenGulf is a transdisciplinary, multi-institutional research group analyzing historical texts produced in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq from the early nineteenth century to the present.

The various projects associated with OpenGulf publish open historical datasets, corpora and digital exhibitions with the aim of opening the field of Gulf Studies to digital historical exploration, analysis and interpretation in the service of open research and pedagogy. Currently, OpenGulf includes six projects with students, faculty and staff at eight institutions actively contributing content including handwritten text analysis of Arabic, English and Ottoman Turkish texts, interdisciplinary analysis of data from phone books from the city of Abu Dhabi from the 1970s-2000s, and close and distant readings of an expansive British gazetteer of the region that includes mapping over 20,000 unique named locations.

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