[INDOLOGY] Digital Editions of Sanskrit texts

Bihani Sarkar bihanisarkar at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 19 08:23:28 UTC 2022

Dear List members
A warm thanks to Dr. Ruppel, Prof. Olivelle, Dr Birch and others for their
responses and further questions.

To clarify one question: by digital edition I mean not a digital text of
the sort available on GRETIL for example, but something more, like this:

As you will see above, the digital edition of the Chronicle of Matthew of
Edessa by Dr Tara Andrews and her team, is an interactive critical edition,
including graphs, maps, the transcriptions of all the manuscripts used
available for view and much more that you wouldn't, or perhaps are unable
to, include in a regular printed critical edition. Also one could
potentially show a text as multiple historically protean texts rather than
the single archetype we reconstruct in traditional philology.  I found this
exciting and was hoping to develop something like it but with many more
layers of content, something dense and rich.

I hope that explains a bit more what I was after.

Thank you

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, Bihani Sarkar <bihanisarkar at googlemail.com>

> Dear List Members,
> A very happy New Year. I hope this finds you well.
> I write to inquire if anyone on this list may know about the production of
> digital editions of Sanskrit texts. There has been some exciting work in
> digital humanities and Biblical Studies, and I am eager to see if the
> latest advances can be used profitably for a research project I am
> developing.
> Apart from designing such a digital edition, I am interested in learning
> about manuscript transcription tools using artificial intelligence such as
> Transkribus, digital collation tools, such as Collate-X, and digital tools
> for stemmatic analysis such as Stemmaweb.
> If you have been involved, or know someone who is involved, in Indological
> research projects creating such editions, and are aware of all these
> issues, I would be extremely grateful for your help and advice (especially
> about costs involved and personnel). Please do contact me at
> bihani.sarkar at orinst.ox.ac.uk
> Thank you.
> Yours sincerely,
> Bihani Sarkar MA (English, First Class Honours), MPhil, D.Phil (Sanskrit),
> (Oxon.)
> Departmental Lecturer in Sanskrit.
> Faculty of the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
> Balliol College, University of Oxford.
> Associate Research Fellow, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.
> *Heroic Shāktism: The Cult of Durgā in Ancient Indian Kingship*:
> https://global.oup.com/academic/product/heroic-
> shktism-9780197266106?cc=gb&lang=en&
> *Classical Sanskrit Tragedy: the concept of suffering and pathos in
> Medieval India*:
> https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/classical-sanskrit-tragedy-9781788311113/
> Alokā: Online Lessons in Ancient Indian Texts and Traditions:
> https://www.bihanisarkar.com/
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