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Seminar at Carleton University

Panjab Digital Library: A resource for researchers


The digital revolution has been transformative in all aspects of academic study and research. Digital archiving, the pipe dream of visionaries such as H.G. Wells, at the turn of the twentieth century, is a veritable reality by the turn of the 21st century. Established institutions, such as national libraries and museums across the world have started to make their acquired collections accessible online following digitization, in such an arena the Panjab Digital Library (PDL) is a unique resource.

The PDL works to both preserve and provide unprecedented accessibility to the rich textual cultural heritage of the Panjab. PDL archivists locate and digitize textual sources residing in both public and private collections. In doing so, democratizing access to hitherto unavailable sources. No longer are textual sources confined to a small elite of custodians, both within public institutions and in private ownership in the villages of Panjab, but rather unlimited access is available to academics and lay members of the general public.

Rare books and pamphlets dating back to early use of print technology in Panjab in the early 1800s and digitized handwritten manuscripts dating back to the sixteenth century are a minefield of primary and secondary source documents for historians. In the study of the history of religion these resources are witness to the evolving cultural landscape and the multiplicity of religious life within Panjab, from the tradition of Sufism, Hinduism and the birth of the Sikh religion.

On 15th March 2013, Harinder Singh, co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, shall be giving a seminar at Carleton University, Ottawa. This event is free and open to the public.

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