ARL Announces: Digital South Asia Project (fwd)

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Tue Nov 25 12:56:47 UTC 1997

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>AAU/ARL Global Resources Program Expands to South Asia
>       The University of Chicago and the University of Columbia Libraries
>have designed the Digital South Asia Project, a two-year initiative to
>develop the infrastructure for inter-continental electronic document
>delivery to and from selected South Asia libraries and to create new
>electronic reference resources. The pilot project will operate as one
>element of the AAU/ARL Global Resources Program.
>       The Global Resources Program is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon
>Foundation and its mission is to improve access to international research
>resources.  Currently the Program is sponsoring or developing projects for
>six world areas:  Japan, Latin America, Germany, Africa, Southeast Asia,
>and South Asia.
>Expected results of the Digital South Asia project include:
>-- electronic indexing records for approximately 38,000 articles in Tamil
>   journals, 38,000 articles in Urdu journals, and 4,750 English journal
>   articles, published during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
>-- electronic full text versions of three classic nineteenth-century South
>   Asia reference books printed in roman characters;
>-- full-text electronic versions of five select titles from the Official
>   Publications of India, one of which will be a statistical source
>   structured as an electronic database;
>-- a web site providing global access to the project's electronic
>   resources;
>-- scanning capacity at research libraries in Madras, Hyderabad, and
>   Chicago; and
>-- delivery on demand of page images of the Tamil and Urdu journal
>   articles indexed under this project via the Internet either directly to
>   scholars or through libraries.
>       The project developers and principal investigators are James Nye
>(jnye at, Bibliographer for Southern Asia, University of
>Chicago Library, and David Magier (magier at, Director of Area
>Studies and South Asia Librarian, Columbia University Libraries.  The
>project will involve a partnership between the US libraries and the Roja
>Muthiah Research Library (Madras), and the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram
>(Hyderabad) in India.
>       Additional information on the Digital South Asia Project or the
>AAU/ARL Global Resources Program is available via the ARL website at:
>> or by contacting Deborah Jakubs, Director of the
>Global Resources Program <jakubs at>.
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