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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A090014
Grant Period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2013
World Area: South Asia
Funding:
2009:  $254,000
2010:  $127,000
Total:  $381,000
Institution: University of Chicago
Project Director: James Nye
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 7737028430
Fax: 7737530569
Email: JNYE@UCHICAGO.EDU
Web: dsal.uchicago.edu/
 
Abstract:
The University of Chicago Library 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 World Wide Web. The proposal encompasses all nine authorized activities enumerated in the statute authorizing the Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access 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 the unanimous recommendations on reference and other resources made by eighteen eminent scholars and librarians at the Center for South Asia Libraries' 2003 planning meeting. 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 several previous digital initiatives, the proposed project, Audio, Maps, and Images from South Asia: Overseas Resources for Understanding the Subcontinent, will make new contributions to scholarship with three specific services: 1) recovery and delivery of early audio recordings in the languages of South Asia; 2) creation and presentation of digital cartographic resources and geographic information system data for the entirety of South Asia; and 3) conversion and digital access to important photographic images of the subcontinent. All of these resources will be of wide-ranging use across the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. It is particularly noteworthy that the project is designed to create resources for instruction in less commonly taught languages and other uses by collecting, digital conversion, and delivery via the Internet of gramophone records in the languages of South Asia.

Personnel, Resources, Management, and Evaluation

In order to implement the program outlined above, the Audio, Maps, and Images from South Asia project will create an infrastructure that draws upon the experience and cooperative relationships established in other projects. The extensive experience of University of Chicago and the Center for Research Libraries in the implementation of global projects will be made available to the project through the Principal Investigator, Co-Director, 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 in Chennai, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Mushfiq Khwaja Library and Research Centre in Karachi, the Centre for the Study of Marathi Culture in Pune, and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, 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 the University of Chicago Library that has helped to make the Digital South Asia Library a prominent source of South Asian information on the Internet. Evaluation is central to the project design. We will monitor the program and conduct formative and outcome evaluations based on project objectives. Quantitative and qualitative data will be used in determining the extent to which the project’s objectives have been met. A professional evaluation advisor will guide our assessment activities throughout the four years of funding.
 
Languages: Countries:
Assamese
Awadhi
Balochi
Bengali (Bangla)
Bhojpuri
Brahui
Burmese
Deccan
Dogri-Kangri
English
Farsi, Eastern
Garhwali
Gujarati
Hindi
Hindko
Kanauji
Kannada
Kashmiri
Khandesi
Konkani
Kumauni
Ladakhi
Magahi
Mainpuri
Maithili
Malayalam
Marathi
Marwari
Mundari
Nepali
Newari
Oriya
Pahari
Pali
Panjabi, Eastern
Panjabi, Western
Pashto (Pushto)
Pashto, Eastern
Pashto, Southern
Persian
Prakrit
Sanskrit
Santali
Saraiki
Sindhi
Sinhala (Sinhalese)
Tamil
Telugu
Tibetan
Tulu
Urdu
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Burma
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Accounting
Agriculture
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture/urban and regional planning
Area studies
Art/art history
Biological/life sciences
Business administration and management
Communications
Computer/information science
Creativity and innovation
Criminology
Culinary arts
Dance
Demography
Drama/theater
E-commerce
Ecology/natural resources
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Entrepreneurship
Ethnic studies
Ethnomusicology
Film
Finance
Financial management
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
Health sciences
History
Information management
Insurance and risk management
Interdisciplinary studies
International business
International/area studies
Journalism
Law
Liberal arts/general studies
Library science
Linguistics
Literature
Management
Marketing Management and research
Mathematics
Music
Operations management
Organizational or human resources mgmt.
Philosophy
Physical sciences
Political science
Production/logistics
Project management
Psychology
Public administration
Public policy
Real estate
Religion
Religious studies
Social work
Sociology
Statistics
Technology management
Tourism
Women's studies
Area Studies
Collaboration
Dissemination
Dissertation Research
Distance Learning
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum
Foreign Language Programs (Domestic)
Foreign Language Programs (Overseas)
Instructional Materials
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Library
Multidisciplinary Studies
Outreach
Research
Self-Instructional Language Programs
Surveys And Studies
Technology
Undergraduate Education
 
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