The British Columbia Digital
International Collections: Asia-India
The focus of this set of links is on collections
of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries,
archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives. Listings here are
therefore primarily for the written word as expressed in manuscripts, books and
periodicals, including newspapers. A few non-book digital library collections
are included. Readers wishing further leads to non-book digital content should
consult one of the directories or guides.
Unless indicated, access to these Web sites is free and open to the
Includes China, Japan, Phillipines, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet.
Afghanistan Digital Library. New York, NY: New York University Libraries, 2004-. Summary: Launched in July 2004, " The Afghanistan Digital Library will retrieve and restore works published in Afghanistan between 1870 and 1930 the long-term objective is to collect, catalogue, digitize and provide access to as many of this period's publications as possible." Date accessed: 2008-02-21. Date added: 2008-02-21.
Agriculture Electronic Library in Afghanistan. University of Arizona Library, 2005-. Summary: " The Agriculture Electronic Library, the first electronic library in Afghanistan, was created as a joint project between Atifa Rawan, a librarian at the University of Arizona Library, and Barbara Hutchinson and Carla Casler of the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Arid Lands Information Center in the Office
of Arid Lands Studies." Date accessed:
2008-02-21. Date added: 2008-02-21.
Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection. Omaha: University of Nebraska Omaha. Digitized content is accessible through the Digital Commons@UNL. Date accessed:
2008-02-21. Date added: 2008-02-21.
- Asian Digitized Collections:
A Select List. Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance. Includes online
exhibits, databases and full-text collections from institutions that comprise
the PRDLA. Date accessed: 2003-12-19. Date added: 2003-12-20.
- e-ASIA: Resources for the Study of
East Asia. University of Oregon Libraries. " ... a collection of digitized e-books and a database of full text web resources."
Most of the  e-books are in the Microsoft
Reader  format. Date accessed: 2003-05-24. Date added: 2003-05-24.
- Online Burma/Myanmar Library.
Maintained by David Arnott hosted by iBiblio.org. " Classified and annotated links to
thousands of full text documents on Burma."
- CHANT (Chinese Ancient Texts). Hong Kong, China: Chinese University
of Hong Kong. Started in 1988, this database is documenting and inputting ancient Chinese texts up to 600 AD. For background information, see " CHANT (CHinese ANcient Texts): A Comprehensive Database of All Ancient Chinese Texts Up to 600 AD" by Che Wah Ho, Journal of Digital Information,
vol. 3, issue 2 (2002-08-09). Date accessed: 2002-10-20. Date added: 2002-10-20.
- Chinese Digital Archive,
1966-1976. Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance and Scholarly Information
Services/Library,  Australian National University. Multimedia digital
facsimile collection relating to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Site uses
ContentDM. Date accessed: 2003-12-19.
Date added: 2003-12-19.
- WanfangData Corporation, Database[s].
The English databases that refer to full-text resources are: China Digital
Periodicals Database China Dissertations
Conference Papers Database and China Databases of
Policies, Laws and Regulations. Summary: " More than 3000 periodicals mainly in the fields of science and
technology have been digitalized and are available on our website. Most of them
are the core periodicals in China sci-tech theses statistical sources. The
periodicals are sorted into 70 categories, ranging from mathematics, physics and
biology to medicine. About 90 periodicals have English versions. Wanfang Data has developed over 10 databases. They are put in
service on Wanfang website, along with more than 100 databases provided by other
major information agencies in China. These databases cover the fields in
industry, commerce, science and technology. About 5 databases have English
Some of the URIs accessed through the various databases will
take you to pages that require Chinese language display capability. Date
accessed: 2003-12-15. Date added: 2003-12-15.
- University of Tsukuba Library, Tulips (Tsukuba University Library digitized
Information Public Service), Full-text
Resources (Digital Collections). Includes rare books collected by the
university, and dissertations produced at the university. Bilingual interface
(Japanese and English). Date accessed: 2004-03-06.
Date added: 2004-03-06.
- Indian Institute of Science and Ministry of Communications & Information
Technology, Digital Library of
India. According to the DLI's mission statement, " The mission is to create a portal for the Digital Library of India
which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As
a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the
Digital Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection  of one
million books, predominantly in Indian languages, available to everyone
over the Internet. This portal will also become an aggregator of all
the knowledge and digital contents created by other digital library
initiatives in India . Very soon we expect that this portal would
provide a gateway to Indian Digital Libraries in science, arts,
culture, music, movies, traditional medicine, palm leaves and many
more. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the
world 24x7, without regard to socioeconomic background or nationality."   A  number  of  organizations  in  India  and  elsewhere  are  partners  in  the  DLI. Date accessed: 2004-03-06.
Date added: 2004-03-06. Date updated: 2005-08-30.
- National Institute of Technology (Calicut), Nalanda
Digital Library. Nalanda is an acronym for Network of Automated Library
and Archives. Date added: 2002-08-18.
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