Sanskrit Manuscripts on the Internet

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  • 1 The demand for digitized information: Everyone today is mad with digitization-fever. What does it mean for Sanskritists? Where will it end? Can we afford it? Can we afford not to do it? The talk opened by addressing the question “What is the audience for digital archives?” The following categories of possible users were considered: • The general public, especially people of South Asian ethnic background; • Scholars; • Creating a new audience: New affordances offered by the new technologies and information-delivery systems. Reference was made to Donald A. Norman’s important books on information and system design, The Psychology of Everyday Things (1988), and Things that make us smart (1992). • It was noted that Chadwyck-Healey sells large digital archives to libraries and cooperatives; • It was also pointed out that students today increasingly come from homes where PCs are taken for granted, and these students demand new technology at their colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education – including libraries – which remain unable to meet this demand will certainly be marginalized.

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    • Wujastyk, Dominik. (1997). Sanskrit manuscripts on the internet. South Asia Library Group Newsletter, 44, 22–25.