"GRETIL e-library" now open

Rosane Rocher rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Tue Apr 29 12:03:50 UTC 2008

Many thanks for this great service to scholarship.

May I suggest a correction to the catalog of files? The article on toddy 
in Ceylon is not by Henry Thomas Colebrooke, who was a civilian. The 
author was (later Sir) William Macbean George Colebrooke, who had a 
distinguished military and administrative career in Sri Lanka, and later 
in the Caribbean.

All best wishes,
Rosane Rocher

Gruenendahl, Reinhold wrote:
> Respected members of the list,
> the first 20 items of the "GRETIL e-library" are now available from this
> provisional site:
> www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/ebene_1/fiindolo/gr_elib.htm
> The infrastructure (persistent URLs, cataloguing, classification, etc.) is
> still under construction, but the e-books themselves are available without
> restrictions.
> The focus of the "GRETIL e-library" will be on older standard works, along
> with writings relevant to the history of indology and related fields
> (Wissenschaftsgeschichte). This first batch of 20 titles is not intended as a
> preview of the thematic range, it merely tries to reflect the conceivable
> spectrum of document types (monograph / multi-volume / article; Antiqua /
> Fraktur / Devanagari / Burmese; plain text / diacritics / accents; text /
> illustrations, etc.). 
> All works in Latin script are available as Text-Under-Image PDFs, with a
> searchable text behind an image of the original page. This allows you to copy
> text into other applications (or into the search interface of your
> Acrobat/Reader etc.).
> The searchable background text has been generated with a specially trained
> OCR software. The character range comprises all standard diacritics (with
> modifications and additions - such as accents - where required). Please note
> that the background texts have not been proof-read. Thus, the result of your
> search may not include ALL references. This holds particularly for complex
> texts (such as Macdonell's Vedic Grammar) and poor print quality.
> Works in non-Latin scripts are available as plain multiple-image PDFs. Apart
> from short articles, all items are fully indexed/bookmarked for better
> orientation.
> Some of the titles offered here may feature on other sites, too. There,
> however,  they usually come as plain multiple-image files, mostly without
> index/bookmarks. Where Text-Under-Image files are being offered, the quality
> is usually poor. Moreover, access may be restricted, geographically or
> otherwise - "Google Books" is one case in point, discussed on this list at an
> earlier occasion. Anyway, with the appearance of searchable texts - which you
> can bookmark, copy or comment, e.g. with Adobe Acrobat - I see little scope
> for the piecemeal perusal of online image collections.
> Special thanks to Martin Straube and Dominik Wujastyk for sharing their
> sizeable collections. I have included one specimen each, with more to follow.
> Best reagards
> Reinhold Grünendahl
> ________________________________________________ 
> Dr. Reinhold Gruenendahl
> Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek
> Fachreferat sued- und suedostasiatische Philologien
> (Dept. of Indology)
> 37070 Goettingen, Germany
> Tel (+49) (0)5 51 / 39 52 83
> gruenen at sub.uni-goettingen.de
> http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/ebene_1/fiindolo/fiindolo.htm
> In English:
> http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/ebene_1/fiindolo/fiindole.htm
> GRETIL - Goettingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages:
> http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/ebene_1/fiindolo/gretil.htm

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