Digitization of Tibetan Buddhist canons, The International Museum Day 2022 Wikidata Competition
Digitization of Tibetan Buddhist canons started at RIWATCH
Wikimedian-in-residence scanning a volume of Tengyur at RIWATCH
RIWATCH Museum, located in the village of Khinjili near the town of Roing at Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh, in the North-eastern part of India, has an unique collection of 330 volumes of printed Tibetan Buddhist canons donated by the 14th Dalai Lama to the institution. An overhead scanner was sent by CIS-A2K to the museum so that the Wikimedian-in-residence appointed there can digitize the entire collection gradually under the GLAM project running there. A visit was made to the institute during the mid May by West Bengal Wikimedians User Group to ensure that the digitization happen in the correct way and to bring back some of the contents, so that they can be uploaded from a facility with faster internet than the institute. The religious texts are now getting uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
Volume 1 of Tengyur scanned by the Wikimedian-in-residence
The International Museum Day 2022 Wikidata Competition
West Bengal Wikimedians User Group has participated in the International Museum Day 2022 Wikidata Competition along with affiliates from around the world. The competition was organized by Wikimedia Switzerland (WMCH) and Wikimedia Austria (WMAT) from May 4 to 18, 2022. The focus of the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group was to create and enrich data about museums and their collections located in the Indian state of West Bengal. An outreach dashboard tracked the progress of the competition. According to the statistics, 305 users enrolled, editing 5642 times to create 1660 and edit 5642 Wikidata items about museums in West Bengal, altogether adding 10,260,754 bytes of content.
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