[INDOLOGY] Searching archive.org: Canada/Sanskrit (Jonathan Silk)

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 06:04:53 EDT 2020


Just thinking out loud: I wonder if there is a way to crowd-source
correction of such metadata.
As all of us who have used Archive.org know, finding things is often a real
matter of hit and miss, since so many things are put up with either wrong
or horribly incomplete data. Moreover, one of the first things I noticed in
the Canadian data is that there seem to be cases where all the diacritical
letters in a title have either disappeared, or simply do not appear on
screen -- I didn't do any systematic sort of survey. But the resources are
wonderful and often really crucial for us, most especially in this lockdown
situation, so it would be a positive thing if there were a way to make the
resource better.

(Another) Jonathan

On Sat, Jun 6, 2020 at 8:23 PM Jonathan Peterson via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> The University of Toronto’s library system has contributed nearly 215,000
> titles from their collections to the Internet Archive project. The library
> has devoted a sizable area of the John P. Robarts Library's 7th floor to
> the ongoing scanning and digitization of material. Curious about metadata
> problems with their digitized Sanskrit collection, I spoke a few years ago
> to a librarian who liaises between Robarts and Internet Archive. If I
> recall correctly, they mentioned that the metadata for their digital
> collection on Archive.org is drawn directly from the UToronto library
> system itself. Due to staffing, budget, and expertise constraints, there is
> little scope for correcting metadata on a mass scale. Doing so, they
> emphasized, would require a cumbersome process of first correcting data on
> library-side AACR2/RDA listings, which would then be used to update
> Archive.org.
>
> With best wishes,
> Jonathan Peterson
> University of Toronto
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