Sanskrit Library Assistant: apply by 1 January

Peter Scharf Peter_Scharf at BROWN.EDU
Wed Dec 9 11:39:23 UTC 2009

The digital Sanskrit library in the Department of Classics at Brown  
University seeks a
post-doctoral research associate for one year, from 1 March 2010 to 28  
February 2011, to assist in an NEH-funded project entitled, "Enhancing  
Access to Primary Cultural Heritage Materials of India."  The position  
carries a stipend of $25,000 for one year.

The Sanskrit Library is a collaborative project to make the heritage  
texts of India accessible on the web.  The project is building a  
digital Sanskrit library by integrating texts, linguistic software,  
and digital Sanskrit lexical sources.  This year the project is making  
digital images of manuscripts of the Mahbhrata and Bhgavatapur a  
housed at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania,  
cataloguing them, and linking them with the corresponding machine- 
readable texts.  Extending the scope of linguistic software to these  
digital images serves as a pilot project to demonstrate the  
feasibility of doing so with manuscript images generally.

The research associate will work with the project director, software  
engineer, and
student assistants on the following tasks:
• to mark manuscript pgae boundaries in Machine-readable texts
• to develop word-spotting and automated text-image alignment techniques
• to develop a conduit for simultaneous print, PDF, and html  
publication of the catalogue and other documents.

The position requires advanced training in Sanskrit, academic research  
skills, and
expertise in XML.  Desirable additionally are some or all of the  
following: competence in
the text-encoding initiative (TEI) standards, XSLT, HTML, CSS, TeX,  
Java, user-
interface design, Perl, PhP, and server administration.  The applicant  
is expected to be
creative and to able to work individually as well as to collaborate  
with technical

Brown University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity  
employer.  Women and
minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Apply by sending a résumé, a description of your relevant experience  
with links to products produced, a clear indication of your role and  
responsibility in their production (whether you are exclusively  
responsible or the manner and extent of your responsibility), and the  
names and contact information of three references to the project  
director (Peter Scharf) via email (scharf at with the subject  
heading, "Sanskrit Library Assistant”.  All applications received by 1  
January 2010 will be granted full consideration.

Peter M. Scharf                           (401) 863-2720 office
Department of Classics             (401) 863-2123 dept.
Brown University
PO Box 1856                               (401) 863-7484 fax
Providence, RI 02912                Scharf at

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