Tag Archives: manuscripts

Preserving cultural heritage – The IFLA Scoping Workshop on Palm Leaf Manuscripts

(22 November 2017) On 6-7 July in Colombo, Sri Lanka, experts, librarians and holders of Palm Leaf Manuscript collections in South and South-East Asia met during an IFLA workshop, to discuss the problem of metadata and digitisation for PLMs in the region. A two-day workshop with 15 participants from around the region took its starting […]


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Carbon dating finds Bakhshali manuscript contains oldest recorded origins of the symbol ‘zero’

Ancient Indian mathematical text at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries revealed to be centuries older than previously thought (14 September 2017) The origin of the symbol zero has long been one of the world’s greatest mathematical mysteries. Today, new carbon dating research commissioned by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries into the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript, held […]


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IFLA Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Workshop

(12 July 2017) IFLA hosted a two day workshop to discuss and scope the needs for metadata standards in palm leaf manuscript preservation. The workshop was held from 6-7 July 2017 at the IFLA PAC Centre, National Library and Documentation Board of Sri Lanka. Experts from Thailand, Laos, India, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated […]


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China uses space technologies to protect ancient books

(10 June 2017) China is repurposing breakthroughs in space technology to help safeguard the nation’s literary heritage after researchers developed special safes with astronautical characteristics to protect ancient books, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) has announced. The space launch vehicle manufacturer has also signed an agreement with the National Library of China […]


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Expanding library impact through open access digitization

(8 June 2017) Located in central Singapore, just minutes away from the city’s main shopping district, sits the first and only tropical botanic garden listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established at its present site in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) covers 82 hectares and is home to thousands of plant species. Since […]


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33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is […]


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China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attends the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities

(3 March 2017) On 26 February, China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attended the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities Co., Ltd.  Liu Huiping, chairman of the Association, addressed a speech on behalf of the Association. Zhang Zhiqing, executive deputy chairman of the Association and […]


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Ancient medical manuscripts now online available at the click of a button

(30 June 2016)  Thousands of ancient medical manuscripts, including several written on palm leaves centuries ago, are now available at the click of a button thanks to a decade long effort by researchers at Bengaluru’s TransDisciplinary University (TDU) in India A list of 10,000 medical manuscripts out of 17,009 that have been digitally catalogued was […]


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The National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition opens in China

(21 June 2016) On 8 June 2016, on the eve of Culture Heritage Day, the National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritageand organized by the National Library of China (China National Center for Preservation & Conservation of Ancient Books, National Museum of Classic […]


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The 5th National Rare Ancient Book Directory and the 5th group of National Key Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Institutions are announced by China

(1 June 2016) On 27 March 2016, the State Council officially printed and distributed the Circular on Announcing the 5th National Rare Ancient Book Directory and the 5th group of National Key Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Institutions, approved and issued the 5th National Rare Ancient Book Directory, with 899 ancient books selected, including 754 […]


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China adds ancient manuscripts to state protection catalogue

(24 May 2016, Beijing, Xinhua) The Chinese government has added 899 valuable ancient manuscripts to the catalog under state protection. They include oracles, manuscripts on bamboo strips and silk scrolls, ancient paper copies of tablet inscriptions, rare manuscripts in ethnic minority languages and in foreign languages such as Latin and English, said Zhang Zhiqing, deputy […]


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Glimpses of early Siam and Burma

 (9 May 2016) The Royal Commonwealth Society Library has just created an electronic catalogue for one of its largest and most significant manuscript collections: the papers of the diplomat, colonial administrator and orientalist Henry Burney (1792-1845). Burney was born in Calcutta, the son of a Senior Master of the Calcutta Military School for Orphans. His […]


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Music manuscripts and documents related to modern Japanese composers are available

(10 March 2016) On March 1, the National Diet Library released music manuscripts and documents related to modern Japanese composers. Now, approximately 600 items in the collection of composer Hikaru HAYASHI (1931-2012) are available. Advance reservation is required to use music manuscripts. Materials already digitized are available only in digitized form to preserve the originals. […]


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Panel on Southeast Asian Manuscripts Studies, ASEASUK Conference London 2016

(29 February 2016) The next Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) Conference, to be held 16-18 September 2016, is being hosted at SOAS, University of London. This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on South East Asia in various disciplines for academics both from the UK and […]


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‘Libraries have to ask what people want to read’

(8 November 2015) The changing educational, social and recreational role of the library is a hotly debated subject among planners and readers alike. On a visit to Delhi, Bruno Racine, director of Bibliotheque Nationale de France (National Library of France), explains to The Hindu how public libraries need to become more interactive spaces. France and […]


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