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Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Sheldon Pollock (Project Director: October 2012 to August 2017)
SARIT: Enriching Digital Texts Collections in Indology

Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts (SARIT, a Sanskrit word for "river") proposes to create a corpus of Sanskrit texts focused on three areas: Buddhist philosophy, Vedic hermeneutics, and literary theory. TEI-conformant digital editions amounting to more than 10,000 printed pages will be integrated with two existing reference resource databases from the two partner organizations: Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet (EAST, University of Heidelberg) and Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism (SKSEC, Columbia University). The University of Heidelberg is requesting 142,000€ from DFG.

This project will produce a structured corpus of Sanskrit texts, called SARIT, which will serve as a much-needed model both for the implementation of international encoding and markup standards, and for the application of such corpora in current Indological research. We will digitize more than 10,000 pages of Sanskrit texts in three related systems of knowledge. We will develop a user interface that stands up to the intricacies of these texts, including their many internal and external references, and to the demands of researchers, including intelligent searching and collaborative annotation. We will also link this corpus to two bio-bibliographical databases, EAST (Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet) and SKSEC (Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism). SARIT's extensible architecture and the dissemination of its standards, which represent the field's best practices, will enable its integration with the larger community of Indological research.

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Project fields:
Asian Studies

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Digital Humanities

$175,000 (approved)
$161,571 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2017