[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit manuscript collections at the Internet Archive

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Mon May 2 15:59:15 UTC 2022

Dear Charles

1.Ccould you elaborate a little more about the "Texts surrounding Texts
Project" and their open source tools.

2. I'm not clear what you mean by "the IIIF service that archive.org

Harry Spier

On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 8:54 AM Charles Li via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> 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:
> https://tst-project.github.io/mss/SLBSNS_02_04_322.xml
> 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...
> Best,
> Charles
> 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.  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.
> Best,
> Dominik
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