Posts Tagged ‘digitisation’

IoJ Project, JAINpedia in the News!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The Sunday, Times of India published an article about JAINpedia on 12th October 2014. This is not the first the Times of India group has written about JAINpedia and the work of the Institute, and we are grateful for their exposure. We hope this encourages other publications to write about this valuable website.

The article talks about the collections of Jain manuscripts held in UK institutions, how some of them were obtained and their importance and relevance to the Jain community now. The value of JAINpedia lies in the fact that these manuscripts can be viewed in high resolution, almost as if they were in front of you, from anywhere in the world, and without risk of damaging any fragile ones. In addition the contextual information and the sister Learn Jainism site, complement and increase the utilization of the site. (more…)

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£1000 raised! Pledge to help us raise 10K in the next 22 days!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Jainpedia.org has been a huge success thanks to contributions from the Jain community worldwide, and from other charitable organisations.

The bulk of the project has been completed, with over 90 manuscripts from major UK institutions (the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Asiatic Society) digitized.

The manuscripts have been contextualized with articles from renowned scholars worldwide, with images, glossaries and other links.

The project has brought awareness of the Jain faith and cultural heritage, and makes history and heritage accessible and relevant to everyone. It brings Jain heritage to the 21st Century.

Of the 250 articles that bring context to the manuscripts and create an ‘encyclopedia’ of the Jain faith, 144 are complete and online. We are raising funds through a crowd-sourcing site, in order to complete the site with further essential articles such as Vegetarianism, Environmentalism, Jains and Buddhism etc and many more.

We need your help in making this crowd-sourced funding successful. Pledge to the campaign in return for some exciting rewards, and more importantly share the campaign with your friends and family!

You can pledge here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ioj/jainpedia

 

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Royal Asiatic Society joins JAINpedia

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Institute of Jainology and JAINpedia team are glad to announce its partnership with The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS).

The society  was the first British organization dedicated to the study of Asia, and played a key role in encouraging an exchange and transfer of cultural understanding. It is only appropriate that we add to the JAINpedia website with some of the collection from the RAS too.

The RAS in partnership with the Jiv Daya Foundation will be conserving and digitizing 3 Jain artefacts to put on the JAINpedia website, a meditation diagram on cloth dating, from the mid-15th century, a Jain map of the universe on cloth (c.1816) and a paper manuscript dated 1404 of the story of Kalaka and part of the Kalpasutra. These 3 artefacts, will also be described and contextualized in the same manner as the current digitized artefacts on JAINpedia, making them more accessible to a wider audience.

The meditation diagram known as a suri-mantra-pata is believed by Professor Nalini Balbir, to be the only one of its type in a European collection; full details of the artefacts, can be found on the RAS blog. The artefacts, are expected to be digitized and uploaded to JAINpedia by the end of June 2013, and we will keep you updated of the progress.

A Yantra of the Suri-Mantra-Pata
 RAS

 

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Fascinating and fragile: a contemporary approach to making manuscripts accessible

Monday, January 16th, 2012

One of the major parts of the JAINpedia project has been to make it easier for people all around the world to access the huge treasure trove of Jain Manuscripts (more…)

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V&A Inside Outing Event enjoyed thoroughly by participants

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

On Thursday 16th June a group of Victoria & Albert Museum visitors; some with a basic knowledge about Jainism, who had never visited the V&A before; studied Jain manuscripts at the V&A and visited the Shikharbandhi Temple at the Oshwal Centre in Potters bar. (more…)

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Inside Outing Event: Jain Manuscripts & Śvetāmbara Temple

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Join us for an exciting day of insider access to the V&A and to the first Śvetāmbara temple in Europe.

DATE: Thursday 16 June 2011
TIME:  10.00am to 5.30pm
MEETING PLACE: Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum (more…)

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