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Dear Reader,

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All of the online resources reported here have been thoroughly checked at the time of their listing. However, it is possible that, with the with the passage of time, many of the originally reported materials might have been removed from the Internet, or changed their online address, or varied the scope and quality of their contents.

Fortunately, in several cases it is possible to access many of the older versions of the resources listed in the MONITOR. This can be easily done via the free services of the "The Internet Archive" http://web.archive.org/, a remarkable brainchild of Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, CA.

- with warm regards -

Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

05 August 2010

The Avestan Digital Archive (ADA)

05 Aug 2010

Dpto. de Filologia Clasica e Indoeuropeo, University of Salamanca, Spain.

"The Avestan Digital Archive (ADA) seeks to be a digital archive containing all Avestan manuscripts spread all over the world. The Avesta, the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, was last edited at the end of the 90s of the 19th century by the German scholar K. F. Geldner. We claim that presently a new edition is needed. [...] But a new edition of the Avesta is a huge task: probably more than two hundred manuscripts scattered all over the world have to be checked. [...] In order to solve this problem we have conceived the ADA project. This project seeks, on the one side, to find, to collect and to digitalize all the extant Avestan manuscripts. On the other hand, the ADA Project is developing a tool to provide all these manuscripts with indexes of the passages and to make them thus available on the web for researchers and for the general public. The electronic tool will allow an easy checking of all the manuscripts containing a concrete passage. This research tool can be useful not only for the Old Iranian studies, but also for the textual criticism based on manuscripts in other languages and fields of research."

Site contents:
* Scientific committee;
* Team (Director, Researchers, Collaborators);
* About ADA;
* Manuscripts view (By Passage, By Library) [a section under construction];
* Libraries ([details of the Avestan manuscripts in:] # India (Meherji-rana, Cama, University of Bombay, Bhandarkar, Kotwal's private collection), # Iran (Tehran University, Majles Library, Astan-e Qods), # Denmark (Kongelige Bibliotek), # United Kingdom (British Library, Bodleian Library), # France (Bibliotheque Nationale), # Germany (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), # Russia (National Library Saint Petersburg);
* Avestan written transmission (Videvdad, Yasna, Xwardag Abastag, Genaologies of scribes, Big misplacements);
* Search [it is not clear if this section was fully operational in Aug 2010];
* ADA-Newsletter [method of subscription to LISTSERV--at--LISTSERV.REDIRIS.ES];
* Conference [details of a Sep 2009 conference in Salamanca: "Poets, priests, scribes and (e-)librarians. The transmission of holy wisdom in Zoroastrianism");
* Tools for Avestan Text Criticism [a section under construction].

URL http://www.avesta-archive.com/ [the same site as http://ada.usal.es/]

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.avesta-archive.com/

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Study/ Documents
* Publisher [academic - business - government - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:
V. Useful
* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000
- under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 300

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