[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit manuscript collections at the Internet Archive
wujastyk at gmail.com
Sun May 1 04:29:22 UTC 2022
In a small way, I've been keeping collection-level links here:
https://indology.info/external-resources/ , i.e., identifiably individual
collections living at archive.org. But there's a tremendous amount more
than what I've noted.
The metadata (=catalogue data) at archive.org is notoriously bad, for
perfectly understandable reasons. Many people have thought about this
issue, obviously, but it would be a very expensive undertaking to catalogue
even a part of what's there and even at a minimal cataloguing record
level. The Archive.org people take the "Google search" approach, i.e., you
find what you need by searching using carefully-constructed keywords. This
is surprisingly effective, but lots falls through the cracks, as we all
know from personal experience.
My personal approach has been twofold:
1. When I can, I add proper metadata in the "review" field. And a
permalink URL pointing to worldcat.org.
2. Specifically for manuscripts, when I can, I add a link from
PanditProject.org and vice-versa.
What I do is purely opportunistic and just a drop in the ocean, but it
helps me in the long run, and may help others.
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