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Treasury of Lives, Inc. (New York, NY 10011-5510)
Alexander Patten Gardner (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Planning for the Long-Term Sustainability of The Treasury of Lives Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and The Himalayan Region

A Foundations planning project for preservation of and access to a digital biographical encyclopedia that documents the lives of prominent religious and cultural leaders of the Tibetan/Himalayan region from the 11th to the 20th centuries.  Planning would address improvements in data management, editorial standards, search optimization, and public engagement for the online encyclopedia.

The Treasury of Lives is seeking a Foundations grant in order to plan for the long-term sustainability of our open access born-digital biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region. Working closely with consultants, experts in their fields of Library Science, Data Science, Geographic Information Systems, and the Humanities, the team will develop a robust framework for data discovery, cataloging convention, categorization, and searching, while also planning for long term storage and preservation of the growing resource that is accessed by 6000 users monthly. Based on the knowledge gained over the grant period, the project will culminate in a discussion of how similar organizations can work together to create unified standards and share knowledge. The proposed project will be carried out over 18 months and consist of regular meetings with specialists who will collaboratively assess our current systems and make recommendations for protocols going forward.

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Project fields:
Area Studies; East Asian History; Nonwestern Religion

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$50,000 (approved)
$49,610 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019