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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

OA to Mongolian texts

UNESCO saves rare archives in Mongolia, March 20, 2008. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
UNESCO is helping the main Mongolian holders of national documentary heritage, the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery and the National Archives, to preserve their unique collections. Several thousands of pages of endangered texts will be saved in digital form and be eventually open to a wider audience.

... UNESCO equipped the library of the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery with the Intranet/Internet connexion, as well as the necessary hard- and software. Six lamas received on-job training on digitalisation techniques of the original texts, e-catalogues and e-books. Until now, 23 volumes, 540 sutras and 8508 pages have been scanned the slow progress of the work is due to extreme fragility of certain pieces and the complex scroll or tablet structures of sutras. In total 78435 pages of endangered texts will be saved in digital form and be eventually open to a wider audience who wishes to study the spiritual heritage.

UNESCO also assisted another important holder of national documentary heritage, the National Archives of Mongolia, in digitising the technical plans of palace museums of Erdenezuu, Megjid Janraisag, Amarbayasgalant and Bogda Khaan and their engineering and geological references. The biggest record, 231 x 87.07 cm, is now available in its original size. The Archives have chosen to transfer the rest of documents to A-1, A-2 and A-3 formats. Valued by the historians and archaeologists, those documentary treasures totalling to 1545 documents are now accessible on digital carriers. ...