Diarna seeks to preserve Jewish historical sites across the Middle East via three core products:
- a map of Jewish sites across the Middle East stored in a digital database and plotted directly onto Google Earth satellite images;
- a multimedia collection featuring archival and contemporary images and videos of these sites; and
- dynamic education methods for sharing this information with the public, including virtual tours, interactive presentations, three-dimensional models, and curricula.
These products will provide new academic material to advance research; an opportunity to establish common ground for interfaith dialogue; and a model for 21st century digital preservation projects.
Indeed, the initiative may be the only way to guarantee the memory of these diverse sites is bequeathed to future generations.