[INDOLOGY] National Manuscript Mission data to be put in public domain

Anirban Dash brahmilipi at gmail.com
Tue Dec 27 05:54:16 UTC 2022

Dear colleagues,

As the new director of the National Mission for Manuscripts of the IGNCA, I
would like to give you an update of the current situation. There are about
3.10 laks of manuscripts that have been digitized over the past 20 years of
which about 52 laks have been registered and labeled in the NNM portal. 16
thousand titles have been uploaded and as soon as the metadata is entered
they will be put in the public domain. Although we live in a
technologically advanced age, much of this work needs to be done by people
who are competent to read the manuscripts and process the data. Part of our
mission is to train such bright, young scholars to carry on these tasks
into the future. We also plan an international division that will work with
Indic collections of manuscripts outside India to make them available for
study and research by all scholars. I want to let you know that we are
working on all these fronts and will keep you the students and scholars
most affected up-to-date as and when new developments occur.

Yours sincerely,

Anirban Dash, PhD


On Sat, 17 Dec 2022, 12:08 Shrinivasa Varakhedi via INDOLOGY, <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear All
> I am in constant touch with NMM system. Recently Dr. Anirban Dash is
> appointed as new Director. He may take some initiation to make the Mss
> available to the public.
> This is for your information.
> Regards
> SV
> On Sat, 17 Dec 2022 at 7:07 AM, Dhaval Patel via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear Harry and list members,
>> I regret to inform that there has not been compliance to the order by
>> NMM. I have filed a non-compliance complaint. It was heard in November end.
>> Order is yet to be received.
>> In the meanwhile, there seems to be certain manuscripts which are put in
>> public domain by NMM.
>> Steps:
>> 1. Visit https://www.bharatiyakritisampada.nic.in/
>> 2. Click on Digital Manuscripts.
>> 3. Search for the manuscript.
>> I checked with writing only “a” and searched with the presumption that
>> every name of title would have at least one “a” in its spelling. It gave me
>> a response stating that there are 27,049 manuscripts matching the query. I
>> have not checked, but it seems that these many manuscripts are available in
>> digital format for viewing online. If the presumption is good, this is a
>> substantial improvement.
>> With best wishes,
>> Dhaval
>> On Sat, 17 Dec 2022 at 6:58 AM, Harry Spier <vasishtha.spier at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Dear list members,
>>> Its now over a year since Dhaval Patel informed the list that through
>>> his great efforts the NMM (National Mission for Manuscripts) was ordered by
>>> the Central Information Commission to put all the manuscripts it had
>>> photographed into the public domain.
>>> Does anyone know the current status of this.  Has the order been
>>> complied with either partially or in full.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Harry Spier
>>> Harry Spier
>>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 12:57 PM Dhaval Patel via INDOLOGY <
>>> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>>> Dear scholars,
>>>> This information may be of interest to those of you who work with
>>>> manuscripts for their research. It is regarding access of manuscripts
>>>> digitized by National Mission for Manuscripts, Government of India.
>>>> I would like to bring it to the notice of this august gathering that my
>>>> second appeal in honourable Central Information Commission was decided on
>>>> 30.10.2021. The order is attached herewith.
>>>> Honourable Information Commissioner Mr. Uday Mahurkar has decided this
>>>> matter with a well reasoned order.
>>>> The order directs NMM to do two things.
>>>> 1. Put the digitized manuscripts (roughly 3 lacs) in public domain
>>>> within a period of 1 year
>>>> and
>>>> 2. Allow me access of 30000 manuscripts for downloading the same within
>>>> a period of 1 month.
>>>> This order would surely pave the way for easier access of manuscripts
>>>> digitized by NMM to research scholars.
>>>>  I once again pay my respects to the honourable Information
>>>> Commissioner for enabling access to this centuries old manuscript treasure
>>>> of India. I also place my appreciation on record for NMM and manuscript
>>>> repositories without whose support the manuscripts would not have been
>>>> digitized, and their digital access would have been impossible.
>>>> Dr. Dhaval Patel
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> Vicechancellor
> Central Sanskrit University
> New Delhi
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