Karnataka: Google to Digitize Ancient Texts at Mysore University

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Tue May 22 13:45:35 UTC 2007

May 21, 2007
Google to Digitize Ancient Texts at University in India
Google has agreed to digitize some 800,000 books and manuscripts at
the University of Mysore, in Karnataka, India, the Indo-Asian News
Service reported. Some of the documents are written on palm leaves,
and some on paper. Among them are India's first political treatise,
the Arthasastra, dating from the fourth century BC.

J. Shashidhara Prasad, vice chancellor of the university, said the
project would "restore and preserve this cultural heritage for
effective dissemination of knowledge," according to the news service.

The Mysore project joins a growing list of Google scanning efforts
overseas. Just last week the search-engine company recruited its first
French-language library, the Cantonal and University Library of
Lausanne, Switzerland. The University of Oxford, in England, is among
the five institutions involved in the company's original
library-scanning endeavor. —Charles Huckabee

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