[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit manuscript collections at the Internet Archive

Charles Li cchli at cantab.net
Mon May 2 12:54:03 UTC 2022

I can personally attest to how useful Dominik's archive.org reviews are! 
They've saved me a lot of work in the past.

What's more, with the IIIF service that archive.org provides, together 
with the open source tools we're putting together as part of the Texts 
Surrounding Texts Project, you can easily put together your own 
descriptive catalogue of material on archive.org. Here is a detailed 
catalogue entry I just made, of a digitized manuscript from Shri Lal 
Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University:


There is really a lot of material out there now, it's pretty great!

PS Thanks for bringing up this topic, giving me a chance to advertise...



On 2022-05-01 06:29, Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY wrote:
> 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 <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 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 <http://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.
> Best,
> Dominik
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