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Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Peter M. Scharf (Project Director: August 2008 to April 2013)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$301,540 (approved)
$301,540 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 12/31/2012

Enhancing Access to Primary Cultural Heritage Materials of India

A research and development project to produce software that would allow the searching of Sanskrit manuscripts and their integration into a digital library. The project would create a prototype based on the "Mahabharata" and the "Bhagavata Purana."

The proposed project aims to enhance access to primary cultural heritage materials of India housed in American libraries by integrating them with machine-readable texts, lexical resources, and linguistic software in a digital library of Sanskrit, one of the world's richest culture-bearing languages. Integrating primary cultural materials with the Sanskrit Library will enable broad use of Indic collections for research and education. The project develops a prototype using the collections of Sanskrit manuscripts in the libraries at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. The result will be extendable to collections of Indic materials throughout the U.S. and the world and will serve as a model for digitization projects of cultural materials in other major culture-bearing languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, and Chinese.