Project Team

Ayse Tarhan

Founder of Digital Ottoman Projects

She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus and, during this time, also undertook an English language course in England. She gained her PhD in Ottoman Literature from Mugla Sitki Kocman University in Turkey in 2015 and has presented papers in many international journals and symposiums since then. She participated in The Baki Project at Washington University and is the Project Manager of The Latifi Project also at Washington University. She has been teaching Ottoman literature, Ottoman language and Turkish language at various universities for about 10 years. Currently, she is working as an Associate Professor at a university in Cyprus and also undertaking a further master’s degree, in Information Technology.


Sevgi Yavuz Oduncu

I completed my primary, secondary and high school education in Istanbul, the city where I was born. In 2004, after graduating from Selcuk University Turkish Language and Literature department, I transferred to the same department of Istanbul University. After my undergraduate, I started my master’s degree with thesis in the field of Old Turkish Literature at Istanbul University. I completed my master’s degree with my thesis named Diwan of Cemaleddin Mahmud Hulvî.

I am currently preparing my doctoral thesis at this university. At the same time, I work as a Turkish Language and Literature teacher under the Ministry of National Education. In order to help my foreign students more, I completed Istanbul University’s certificate program on Teaching Turkish for Foreigners in 2020. I worked in Baki Project for more than two years and I am still working in TEBDİZ Project. My doctoral dissertation position is based on the examination of Ali Şir Nevâyî’s Gara’ibü’s-Sıgar from various aspects. My academic studies, which started in the form of studies and studies on Ottoman Poetry and Sufism in the master’s period, continue with Chagatai Literature and especially Ali Şir Nevâyî’s poems during the doctorate period.

Nesibe Yazgan Uslu

I was born in Istanbul where I received my primary, secondary and high school education.  I have a bachelor of arts degree at Department of Turkish Language and Literature in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (2009). After my bachelor’s degree, I completed master degree with my thesis titled The Pedagocial Factors in Şermin its written by Tevfik Fikret at Department of Teaching Turkish Language and Literature in Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey (2010). Between 2010 and 2013, I worked as an editor and copy editor of Ottoman Turkish books in Cagri Publishing. I’ve published the book its called Ben Neyim? written by Ahmed Midhat in Otoman Turkish. I’ve contributed to publish as an editor or co-editor about twenty books like Safahat, Dictionary of Safahat, Şermin and How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution?

I worked as Turkish language lecturer in Sisli Vocational High School between 2013-2019. Also, I gave Critical Reading and Writing in Turkish lessons in Sehir University as a part-time lecturer, for three semestre. I started to doctorate education at Istanbul University in 2015. I’ve been writing my PhD thesis about cosmological elements on Ali Shir Navayi’s Turkish Diwans. I’ve been a part of the international Baki Project and Türk Edebiyatı İsimler Sözlüğü. I have published various articles in international journals and presented them at several symposiums. I’m keen on Ottoman manuscipts, digitalised manuscipts and open access text projects. I’ve continued my academic studies and translated Ottoman texts to modern Turkish texts.


Nasim Niksiar

She is a PhD student in Information and Communication Technologies in Education Faculty at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) in Cyprus.

She is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research at EMU. Her research area is Persian language and literature in the period of the Ottoman Empire.

Erfan A. Shams

He received his BS degree in Agriculture Engineering from Hormozgan University, Bandar-Abbas, Iran, in 2009 and the MS degree in Information Technology from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Famagusta, North Cyprus, in 2015.

He is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at EMU. His research interest includes machine learning and computer security.


Serhat Açar

He graduated from Marmara University with a bachelor’s degree in Information Management Sciences and received a master’s degree in Economic History in 2019.

He is currently interested in digitalization, digital humanities, Ottoman cultural and social studies. He is working in classic Ottoman, Arabic, and Persian literature, and also follows the developments in Library Sciences and carries out editorial work for the International Journal of Library and Information Services.

Mevlüt Güler

Mevlüt Güler has been working as an IT Specialist (software programs, hardware) since 1997 till present at Computer Center in Eastern Mediterranean University. He also has teaching experience in informatics and English with sign language (in Turkish and English), to hearing impaired learners in Northern Cyprus. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cyprus Foundation for the Hearing and Speech Impaired – (KIKEV) since 2015 and a member of the Deaf cultural society.