[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit manuscript collections at the Internet Archive

Elliot Stern emstern1948 at gmail.com
Sun May 1 14:31:02 UTC 2022

Dear Dominik,

Please add this collection: Manuscript - Chunilal Gandhi Vidyabhavan Surat (https://archive.org/search.php?query=Manuscript%20-%20Chunilal%20Gandhi%20Vidyabhavan%20Surat <https://archive.org/search.php?query=Manuscript%20-%20Chunilal%20Gandhi%20Vidyabhavan%20Surat>).



Elliot M. Stern
552 South 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-2029
emstern1948 at gmail.com <mailto:emstern1948 at gmail.com>

> On May 1, 2022, at 12:29 AM, Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
> In a small way, I've been keeping collection-level links here: https://indology.info/external-resources/ <https://indology.info/external-resources/>   , i.e., identifiably individual collections living at archive.org <http://archive.org/>.  But there's a tremendous amount more than what I've noted.
> The metadata (=catalogue data) at archive.org <http://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 <http://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:
> When I can, I add proper metadata in the "review" field.  And a permalink URL pointing to worldcat.org <http://worldcat.org/>.
> Specifically for manuscripts, when I can, I add a link from PanditProject.org <http://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.
> Best,
> Dominik
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