Bichitra: The Making of an Online Tagore Variorum by Sukanta Chaudhuri

By Sukanta Chaudhuri

This e-book records the production of the Bichitra on-line Tagore Variorum, a publicly accessible database of Rabindranath Tagore's complete works in Bengali and English totaling a few 140,000 pages of basic fabric. Chapters conceal cutting edge elements of the location, all replicable in different initiatives: a hyperbibliography; a seek engine and hyperconcordance operating around the database; and a distinct collation application evaluating variation texts at 3 degrees. There also are chapters at the particular difficulties of processing manuscripts, and on making plans the web site. Early chapters take readers in the course of the historical past of the venture, an summary of Tagore’s works, and the Bengali writing method with the demanding situations of adapting it to digital shape.

The identify Bichitra, meaning "various" in Bengali, alludes either to the good number of Tagore’s works and to their a number of levels of composition. past their literary excellence, they're awesome for his or her sheer volume, the variety of version sorts of an exceptional many goods, and their afterlife in translation, usually the poet’s personal. Seldom if ever has a similar author revised his fabric and recast it throughout genres on any such scale.​​ Tagore gained the Nobel Prize in 1913. 

By its value-added presentation of this variety of fabric, Bichitra could be a version for destiny databases masking an author’s whole works or different significant corpus of texts. It bargains  vastly improved entry to Tagore’s writings, and permits new types of examine including computational textual content research. The “book of the web site” exhibits in technical and human phrases how researchers with pursuits in paintings, literature and expertise can collaborate on cultural informatics projects. 

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To incorporate all revisions and additions: deletions, insertions, transpositions, comments. • At the same time, to extract the final text emerging from a particular manuscript version, after taking stock of these changes. • To determine the structure of the manuscript: which pages contained what material, and what titles or items they constituted. • To identify each of these items: a challenge in itself, as some works had never been published, and many others published in versions so different as to elude recognition.

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