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Savan 545 | Aug 2013Chithi-Pattar | Newsletter
Panjab Digital Library is pleased to share the good news that with collective efforts of supporters and well-wishers, we have moved into our new office on June 7. It is a newly constructed permanent office space of 5000 square feet where all operations of PDL will be under one roof with best of facilities to facilitate digitization, preservation and data-management. Thanks to consistent support of our supporters that PDL has fulfilled its almost decade old requirement of permanent office space.

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The Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized from March to July 2013

          
Total Pages   5,53,101
Books   892
Manuscripts   228
Thesis   284
Pictures   4,862
Maps   87
Coins   671
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There is much more than the number of pages we digitize. It takes a lot of effort to locate, digitize, crop, check for colour corrections and skew effects, take backups, and finally make these pages available online.
Rebirth of the Calligraphic Aesthetic
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Since 2003, when PDL started digitizing manuscripts, the most common question we have faced is about the rationale behind digitizing multiple copies of same manuscript. Though there are many reasons, some very serious, but the most common answer that we have given is that every manuscript carries a different handwriting style, and this will assist in developing thousands of fonts for Gurmukhi script. Putting traditional writing style in modern applications of writing as font in itself is an act of heritage conservation in operative form. In 2003 less than 50 fonts of Gurmukhi were available. Last ten years have seen few hundred fonts coming up. Most beautiful handwriting style found in an almost hundred year old Gurmukhi Primer [1916] kept on waiting for being developed as font. The cursive touch was just out of the world, never seen in Gurmukhi. The surprise came when we shared it on PDL's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PanjabDigiLib.org.

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PDL Collaborates with HRI to Exhibit Common Man's Life
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The idea of collaboration with like-minded organization comes automatically when you decide to sincerely work for the community. And what can be more common than art and literature? Panjab Digital Library's cross border collaboration started when PDL was invited at a conference in Bangalore organized by HRI Southasia of Nepal in July last year. People working in different countries but with a common goal of preserving heritage for future generations came together under one roof. The two day conference was a great success, where we all shared our work with each other.

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The Khalsa Raj Exhibition in Canada

pile of booksPanjabi Digital Library Canada launched The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politic exhibition in Surrey, British Columbia from April 11-24, 2013.

We were extremely fortunate to have Khalsa Credit Union sponsor the exhibition and Surrey Libraries host it at the City Centre Library in Surrey, BC. The advantage of having the exhibition in a library was enormous as it was displayed in the main entrance hall with high visibility. It was not possible to miss it on entering the library! It allowed people from all over the Greater Vancouver area to come and see the exhibition at their convenience during the long library opening times over 10 days. Sikhs and non Sikh of all ages were able to spend as much time as they wished reading and appreciating the history being told sequentially about the leadership of Banda Singh Bahadur, spanning the years 1708-1716.

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Adopt-A-Book

There are number of ways for you to support PDL. One of them is to adopt a book. We are looking for Digitization Sponsors.

While we make these five selected books available for adoption here, you may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

Gurmati Nirnay Book $66 Adopt
Tankha Nama Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ka Book $6 Adopt
Sachi Sakhi Book $43 Adopt
Kissa Heer Ranja Book $17 Adopt
Persia Book $68 Adopt
Support PDL
  1. Spread awareness. Tell more people about us. Send the link to this newsletter, to our website, to our Facebook!
  2. Use the vast resources of PDL for an article, a research project or an academic paper you're writing, or just to satisfy your curiosity!
  3. Donate. This makes us believe that you are one with us in our efforts to preserve the heritage for generations to come. Donate generously.
  4. Submit documents for digitization. Enrich our collection and the world's understanding of the Panjab and her people. Submissions are returned after digitization.
Thank You!
Without your contributions to PDL, this organization's progress would be virtually impossible!

PDL thank you all on achieving the support required for completion of the new building by mid-April this year. Without your support it would not have been possible for PDL to reach this milestone.

We'd like to thank our contributors:

  • $3,000
  • S. Dilbagh Singh Dhaliwal, TN (USA)
  • Rs. 50,000
  • S. Harbhajan Singh, Jhansi
  • Rs. 50,000
  • Ms. Kamaljit Kaur, Jhansi
  • Rs. 48,000
  • Sigma Vibracaustic (I) Pvt. Ltd. Mohali
  • $700
  • S.Ram Singh, TN (USA)

    Every contribution, be it time, money, or a thoughtful comment on Facebook, makes a difference and is greatly appreciated! We'd especially like to extend our sincere gratitude to the volunteers who make PDL run so smoothly.

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