Workshop/Prog - The Future of Digital Texts in South Asian Studies, 22-24 May 2017, Vienna, Austria

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2017

Event Dates: from May 22, 2017 12:00 to May 24, 2017 12:00

Introduction and practical information 

As a conclusion to a four-year project dedicated to developing and enriching a collection of digital texts in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, the team behind SARIT is convening a workshop called “The Future of Digital Texts in South Asian Studies.” The goal is twofold. First, we want to survey and reflect on the current state of digital texts in our field. What is a “digital text”? How are they produced? Who is responsible for them? How are they provided to users? Who are their users, and what do they do with them? How, if at all, have they changed the landscape of research and teaching? Second, we want to reflect on the future of digital texts. What could we be doing with them that we aren’t doing yet? What inspiration can we take from projects in other fields? What emerging technologies can we take advantage of? How can we better integrate our various digital projects? How can we involve communities of students, teachers, and researchers in the production, curation, and publication of digital texts?


22 May 2017

Opening session 

  1. 10:00--10:30 Birgit Kellner: The development of SARIT 2013–2017: goals, achievements, problems
  2. 10:30--11:00 Dominik Wujastyk: What do users want from SARIT in future?
  3. 11:00--11:30 Coffee break

History through Indic Texts 

  1. 11:30--12:30 Bronner, Yigal: Indic Prosopography in the Digital Age
  2. 12:30--14:00 Lunch break
  3. 14:00--15:00 Kellner, Birgit: Bibliography and prosopography in the digital age: EAST (Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet) and its challenges
  4. 15:00--16:00 Baums, Stefan: Documents, Databases and Networks: Scholarly Work on Gāndhārī in the Digital Age
  5. 16:00--16:30 Coffee break
  6. 16:30--17:30 Bajracharya, Manik and Christof Zotter: Turning pre-modern documents into digital texts: The pragmatics of an approach
  7. 17:30--19:00: Software demonstrations

23 May 2017

Computational Linguistics for Indic texts 

  1. 10:00--11:00 Scharf, Peter M.: Creative and intelligent use of linguistic, textual, and bibliographic information to enhance interlinked access to lexical, textual, and image data
  2. 11:00--11:30 Coffee break
  3. 11:30--12:30 Hellwig, Oliver: Machine Learning Techniques in an Indological Context
  4. 12:30--14:00 Lunch break
  5. 14:00--15:00 Kulkarni, Amba: Bridging the gap between Computational tools and Sanskrit Digital Libraries: Where do we stand?
  6. 15:00--16:00 McAllister, Patrick: Searching Sanskrit Texts
  7. 16:00--16:30 Coffee break

Computer-assisted Editing of Indic Texts (1) 

  1. 16:30--17:30 Bellefleur, Tim and Adheesh Sathaye: Developing Linked Data Standards for Working with Sanskrit Manuscript Traditions
  2. 18:30--22:00: Dinner

24 May 2017

Computer-assisted Editing of Indic Texts (2) 

  1. 10:00--11:00 Li, Charles: Editors as Maintainers
  2. 11:00--11:30 Coffee break
  3. 11:30--12:30 Tomabechi, Toru: TEI Markup of Abhayākaragupta’s Āmnāyamañjarī: An Attempt to Create an “Open Research Note” for the Study of Late Indian Buddhism
  4. 12:30--14:00 Lunch break
  5. 14:00--15:00 Maas, Philipp: Sanskrit Textual Criticism in the Digital Age – Will Really Everything Change?
  6. 15:00--16:00 Ollett, Andrew: A Less Distant Future: Sanskrit Texts for Scholarly Communities in the Digital Age
  7. 16:00--16:30 Coffee break


  1. 16:30--18:00 Closing words, round-table discussion: What next for SARIT?

Practical Information 

  • Where: Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Hollandstraße 11-13/2, 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • When: 2017-05-22 to 2017-05-24
  • Contacts:
    • T: (+43 1) 515 81 / 6400

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