Thursday, May 24, 2007

India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library

I found this story very interesting: tired of American companies applying on patents for indigenous knowledge, the Government of India is building a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, a giant database of indigenous knowledge from the medical traditions of Ayurveda (in Sanskrit), Siddha (in Tamil) and Unani (in Arabic, Urdu or Persian). This is a phenomenal effort in which some 30 million pages of ancient texts will be converted into digital data.

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