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TICFIA South Asia: Overseas Resources for Understanding the Subcontinent   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A050031
Grant Period: 10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010
World Area: South Asia
Funding:
2005:  $197,000
2006:  $197,000
2007:  $197,000
2008:  $197,000
Total:  $788,000
Institution: Center for Research Libraries
Project Director: James Simon
6050 S. Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 7739554545
Fax: 7739554339
Email: simon@crl.edu
Web: www.crl.edu
 
Abstract:
The Center for Research Libraries proposes a four year collaborative project to improve access to vital resources on South Asia for scholars, public officials, business leaders and other citizens through the creation of digital resources delivered via the Internet. The proposal encompasses all seven authorized activities enumerated in the statute authorizing the Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program.

Need and Significance: This project will address significant needs described by national foundations and associations to provide a wide variety of users with reliable bibliographic and holdings information for publications from South Asia. It will also address priorities for the Center for South Asia Libraries recommended unanimously by eighteen eminent scholars and librarians at the Center's 2003 planning meeting. Along with holdings information, important periodical literature unavailable, indeed often unknown, in this country will be identified, preserved, and made accessible. In addition, this project will meet the need for resources for instruction in the less commonly taught languages of South Asia that both scholars and public officials have cited as a particular need.

Project Design and Activities: Building upon the foundation and experience of three previous digital initiatives, the proposed project, named TICFIA South Asia, will make new contributions to scholarship with four specific services: 1) reliable bibliographic and holdings information for South Asian materials not located within the United States by means of South Asian Union Catalogue; 2) resources for instruction in the less commonly taught languages by digital conversion and delivery via the Internet of gramophone records that comprise a hitherto under-used facet of the invaluable Linguistic Survey of India; 3) preservation through microfilm and bibliographic access through indexing for highly select periodicals published in South Asia; and 4) development of electronic article delivery on demand, from the South Asian subcontinent to readers in the United States.

Personnel, Resources, Management, and Evaluation: In order to implement the program outlined above, TICFIA South Asia will create an infrastructure that draws upon the experience and cooperative relationships established in other projects. The extensive experience of the Center for Research Libraries and the University of Chicago in the implementation of global projects will be made available to the project through the Principal Investigator, Co-Directors, and Project Manager. They have extensive experience in projects of this kind and have established close relationships with collaborating institutions in South Asia and Europe, including the British Library, the Roja Muthiah Research Library, the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, and American Institute of Pakistan Studies in Islamabad, among others. The project will continue to draw upon the technical expertise of the Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL) at the University of Chicago and University of Chicago Library that has helped to make the Digital South Asia Library a prominent source of South Asian information on the Internet. In its evaluation, the project will meet and collaborate with other projects in an effort to improve and refine the production of digital resources.
 
Languages: Countries:
Assamese
Balochi
Bengali (Bangla)
Bhojpuri
Burmese
Dogri-Kangri
English
Gujarati
Hindi
Kannada
Kashmiri
Konkani
Maithili
Malayalam
Marathi
Marwari
Meithei
Mundari
Nepali
Newari
Oriya
Panjabi, Eastern
Panjabi, Western
Pashto (Pushto)
Pashto, Eastern
Pashto, Southern
Persian
Sanskrit
Santali
Sindhi
Sinhala (Sinhalese)
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Area studies
Art/art history
Dance
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
History
Interdisciplinary studies
International/area studies
Library science
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Area Studies
Collaboration
Dissemination
Evaluation
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)
Library
Multidisciplinary Studies
Overseas Opportunities
Technology
Undergraduate Education
Underrepresented Groups
 
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