ས་སྐྱ་ཞིབ་འཇུག་ཁང་། Sakya Research Centre (SRC)

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Database entry of gSang phu sNe'u thog monastery (screenshot)
SRC eText reader showing a Tibetan hagiography with semantic text mark-up (screenshot)

The Sakya Research Centre (SRC), which has been under development since 2011 in tandem with Fermer's dissertation project and with support from research staff at the IKGA, is a web application for Tibetan historical and literary research. It is designed as an open online platform and reference system and is based on a corpus of machine-readable digital texts in Tibetan that are embedded in an interlinked, relational database. The resource has grown into a large repository of Tibetan digital texts, historical references, images and geo-data. Data is entered and processed by a group of Tibetan-language scholars and Western Tibetologists.

In addition to the digital corpus emerging from Fermer's dissertation, the database holds a considerable amount of additional literature, including standard works of Tibetan historiographical literature, as well as numerous genealogies, hagiographies, teaching records and religious histories related especially to the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Digital texts are encoded in XML following the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI); they are fully searchable and linked to other entities in the database.

The conception and development of this web project stimulated broader discussions within VISCOM on technological methods for contextualising and visualising historical evidence deriving from different regional contexts.

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