Commemorative Session 2: Among Digital Texts—Remembering Gene Smith


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IATS Memorial Session 2—Among Digital Texts: Remembering Gene Smith


 Session coordinator: Hildegard Diemberger

Gene Smith was such a polymath that not even a full conference could cover all the areas to which he contributed. In his last years he was fascinated by what had become possible thanks to new technologies, most importantly the capturing of unknown collections. He initiated and inspired innumerable projects across the world, and it is precisely with this in mind that we have decided to dedicate his memorial session to this particular aspect of his legacy. Of course, this is not to say that other dimensions are less important, but the digital legacy is the area in which a sustained debate is perhaps most urgent in order to secure the survival of his vision.




Two Tributes

A Tribute to Gene Smith

Leonard van der Kuijp

Encyclopedic Knowledge in Tibet’s Traditions: Gene Smith & Si-tu Paṇ-chen

Peter Verhagen


Chair: Karma Phuntsho

9.30 – 9.45

Collection of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs in the museum of Ts. Damdinsuren in Ulan Bator

Anna Tsendina



Presentation of the Project Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture

Burkhard Quessel, Michela Clemente,  Hildegard Diemberger and Agnieska Helman-Wazny


10:00 – 10:15

Digital documentation of temple archives in Bhutan

Karma Phuntsho (jointly with Dorji Gyeltshen)


10:15 – 10:30

The codification and compilation of the textual corpus associated with the Padma Gling pa tradition

Dorji Gyeltshen (jointly with Dr Karma Phuntsho)


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

Presentation of the work of the Geden Phacho Bhuche Preservation  Centre

Lelung Tulku


10:30 – 11:00

Tea and Coffee


11:00 – 11:15


Presentation Tibetan Collections of Buryatia: history, depositories, cataloging

Nikolay Tsyrempilov


11:15 – 11:30


[Examining the Distinguishing Features of the Bka’ ’gyur and Bstan ’gyur at Tshal gung thang founded by Tshal pa drung chen Smon lam rdo rje and his heirs]

Jampa Samten


11:30 – 11:45

Digitizing Buddhist Scriptures in Mongolia

Nyam Ochir

11:45 – 12:00

Introduction to Paltsek Projects


12:00 – 12:15

Introduction to Ngakmang Projects


12:15 – 12:30

Digitizing and Cataloguing Sanskrit manuscripts at the Cambridge University Library

Camillo Formigatti





Paldor (Baduo)


PANEL 33:  Tibetan Information Technology

Chairs and panel conveners
Paul Hackett (Columbia University)
Lauran Hartley (Columbia University)
Susan Meinheit (Library of Congress)
Tashi Tsering (CTRC)






2:00 – 2:20

Preservation & Access of Tibetan Texts in a Global Setting

Jeff Wallman


2:20 – 2:40

Digital Resources for Research and Translation of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon

Paul Hackett

2:40 – 3:00

Development of a digital catalogue of the Bodleian Tibetan manuscripts: Bod Karchak@the Bod

Charles Manson


3:00 – 3:20

DPS electronic editions of the Them spangs ma manuscript bka’ ’gyur (with comparative catalogue) and the Peking bka’ ’gyur housed in the National Library of Mongolia

Kelsang Tahuwa


3:20 – 3:40

The Classical Tibetan Knowledge Archive and Multimedia Study Resource – a new research tool for the study of the oral commentarial and ritual arts traditions of Tibet

Robert Chilton


3:40 – 4:00

Digital projects at the Library of Congress

Susan Meinheit

4:00 – 4:30

Tea and Coffee



4:30 – 4:50

Collaborative On-line Database Publication: The Treasury of Lives

Alexander Gardener and Asha Kaufman



4:50 – 5:10


བླ་བྲང་དགོན་པའི་དཔེ་མཛོད་དུ་ཉར་བའི་ཡིག་ཚང་གློག་རྡུལ་ཡིག་མཛོད་དུ་ཕབ་དགོས་པའི་དོན་སྙིང་རགས་བཤད། [On the Necessity of Digitizing Documents Stored in the Library of Bla brang Monastery]

Klu tshang rDo rje rin chen




9:00 – 9:20

Indo-Tibetan Lexical Resource (ITLR), a Collaborative Project of the Khyentse Centre for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship (KC-TBTS) at the University of Hamburg and International Institute for Digital Humanities (DHII), Tokyo, and the SAT Daizokyo Text Database at the University of Tokyo

Kiyonori Nagazaki and Toru Tomabechi


9:20 – 9:40

The Basic Corpus of the Classical Tibetan Language with a Russion Translation and a Lexical Database

Pavel Grokhovskiy


9:40 – 10:00

On the Framework of the Complete Monlam Tibetan Dictionary

Lobsang Monlam


10:00 – 10:20

NLP Pipelines for Tibetan Corpora

Edward Garrett


10:20 – 10:50

Tea and Coffee


10:50 – 11:10

Introducing Two Tibetan Unicode Fonts and One Tibetan Input Method for Windows System

Tashi Tsering


11:10 – 11:30

Automatic Scribal Analysis of Tibetan Writings

Nachum Dershowitz and Lior Wolf


11:30 – 11:50

Charting Par khang Culture: Towards and Analytics of Early Xylographic Literary Production in Tibet

Michael Sheehy



11:50 – 12:10

Re-examining the Role of University Libraries in the Service of Tibetan Studies

Lauran Hartley


12:10 – 12:30

[Collective Q&A for all papers]



12:20 – 2:00



2:00 – 3:00

ROUNDTABLE I: Tibetan digital humanities: the wider perspective
Chair: Burkhard Quessel (British Library)



3:00 – 3:30

Tea and Coffee


3:30 – 4:30

ROUNDTABLE II: Technical issues and future directions
Chair: Jeff Wallman (TBRC)