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Friday, June 23, 2006

The emerging D[D]P[R]MTMX

The curiously abbreviated Digital Documentation and Preservation of Rare Mongolian and Tibetan Manuscripts and Xylographs page is the product of an emerging joint project involving the Research Group for Altaic Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Mongolia. What you can see on the page so far are digital photographs of some goodies if you read Mongolian as well, but if you read only Tibetan (like I do) make sure to to click on "Láma életrajzok" after entering for a series of interesting hagiographical writings. Please note that Safari is not on friendly terms with this site (i.e. nothing will be diplayed. I used Opera, Firefox seems to tolerate it as well). Also note that the photographs are quite large, so you will need to be patient even with a very fast connection (the table underneath takes up a zillion pixels). It is hoped that the project will continue to reveal the dormant treasures of Mongolian collections and it will encourage other libraries to digitize and share their manuscripts and other rarities on the web. It is also hoped that the DPMTMX will soon migrate to an own domain as the pop-up windows are a bit annoying.


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