[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit manuscript collections at the Internet Archive

Manu Francis manufrancis at gmail.com
Mon May 2 16:37:07 UTC 2022

Dear Harry,

TST is a Franco-German project whose focus is the study of paratexts of
(mostly Tamil) manuscripts.
See https://tst.hypotheses.org/

As a first step for this study we catalogue manuscripts in TEI-XML format
files (using an online user-friendly editor set up by Charles Li:

Our description files are displayed online on our online catalogue (also
set up by Charles Li), along with digital images of the manuscripts, when
See https://tst-project.github.io/mss/
And e.g. https://tst-project.github.io/mss/Indien_0001.xml (in this case
using a IIIF manifest, the digital images which are on Gallica are
displayed with the description)
You will find mostly Tamil manuscripts on this catalogue, but also Sanskrit
ones (search for instance the shelfmark "Sanscrit").

Note that most of the descriptions aren't yet reviewed, but will hopefully
be at the time the funding of the project ends (in September 2022) and that
further updates and corrections as well as addition of catalogue entries
will be possible after September 2022.

With very best wishes.


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Le lun. 2 mai 2022 à 18:00, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> a écrit :

> 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
> provides".
> Thanks,
> 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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