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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A020018
Grant Period: 10/01/2002 - 03/31/2006
World Area: South Asia
Funding:
2002:  $195,000
2003:  $195,000
2004:  $195,000
Total:  $585,000
Institution: University of Chicago
Project Director: James Nye
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 7737028430
Fax: 7737530569
Email: jnye@midway.uchicago.edu
Web: dsal.uchicago.edu/
 
Abstract:
In order to improve access to resources for the study of South Asia, a federation of research institutions will deliver digital research materials to users in the United States and throughout the world via the Internet. In an era of decreasing budgets research libraries need to develop innovative and collaborative strategies to acquire and maintain the resources necessary for research. This need is especially apparent in the case of South Asia. Given the size and diversity of interest, cooperative acquisition alone can not provide readers with vital materials in South Asian regional languages or certain highly sought after resources in an effective fashion. This project builds upon accomplishments of the Digital South Asia Library at the same time that it is a new approach to the needs of scholars and the public. This unique collaboration will: forge a library federation for digital projects; create online information about contemporary and historical South Asia; use Federal funds for access to resources now only available overseas; stimulate matching funds from federation members and foundations; develop an Internet interface for discovery of resources; use Unicode character encoding for non-roman language data; and face questions of cultural patrimony in South Asia with sensitivity. This project encompasses India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldive Islands. Language materials include texts in: Assamese, Baluchi, Bengali, Divehi, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Newari, Oriya, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian, Rajasthani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
 
Languages: Countries:
Assamese
Balochi
Bengali (Bangla)
Dogri-Kangri
English
Gujarati
Hindi
Kannada
Kashmiri
Konkani
Mainpuri
Maithili
Malayalam
Marathi
Nepali
Newari
Oriya
Panjabi, Eastern
Panjabi, Western
Pashto (Pushto)
Pashto, Eastern
Pashto, Southern
Persian
Sindhi
Sinhala (Sinhalese)
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture/urban and regional planning
Area studies
Art/art history
Business administration and management
Drama/theater
Film
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
History
Interdisciplinary studies
International/area studies
Journalism
Law
Linguistics
Philosophy
Political science
Public policy
Religion
Religious studies
Sociology
Women's studies
Area Studies
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum
Foreign Language Programs (Domestic)
Foreign Language Programs (Overseas)
Instructional Materials
Interdisciplinary Studies
K-12 Opportunities
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Multidisciplinary Studies
Research
Self-Instructional Language Programs
Undergraduate Education
 
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