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Digitization of Gandhāran Artefacts (DiGA). Objectives, Problems & Methods

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CERES-Palais, Raum "Ruhrpott" (4.13)

The project DiGA aims at developing a concept for the digitization of a corpus of Buddhist sculptures from Gandhāra (present-day Pakistan/Afghanistan) preserved in museums in Pakistan. Situated at the cross-roads of Art History, Religious Studies and Digital Humanities, the project sets itself two main objectives. Firstly, it seeks to prepare a repository of Gandharan Buddhist artefacts and secondly, it aims at meeting desiderata in the study of both Gandharan art and Gandharan Buddhism. In this respect, the project will evaluate software and metadata standards in order to develop a technical platform that will enhance the analysis of Buddhist images, particularly of their formal and iconographic features, and facilitate their comparison with corpora of Buddhist texts.

This kick-off workshop will provide an opportunity for art historians, philologists, and specialists in Digital Humanities to discuss issues connected to the digitization of cultural heritage.

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