[Humanist] 29.147 A happy birthday to the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism!

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jul 7 21:35:06 CEST 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 147.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:10:36 +0900
        From: Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
        Subject: The Digital Dictionary of Buddhism Turns 20 ! (Charles Muller)
        In-Reply-To: <20150706231411.3926E2E4D at digitalhumanities.org>

Dear Colleagues,

Although I hesitate to talk in praise of my own project, I have been 
encouraged by some of my collaborators to make an announcement of the 
20th anniversary of the founding on the web of the Digital Dictionary of 
Buddhism (http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/) and the CJKV-English 
Dictionary (http://www.buddhism-dict.net/dealt/). It may be the case 
that the 20-year history of the project is of some historical note, 
since it went online before the days of Internet Explorer, Google, 
Wikipedia, and all of the modern social networking apps. We began an 
eminently successful attempt at "crowd-sourcing" long before the term 
came into vogue; the DDB has become recognized as a basic research tool 
in the field, being subscribed to by more than 50 academic institutions 
worldwide (http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/subscribing_libraries.html); 
and it continues to grow apace in its coverage of terminology, as new 
collaborators and contributors continue to get involved. There are 
probably not too many web resources out there that can claim this kind 
of long and continuous history of growth and development. To properly 
commemorate this occasion, I have rewritten the historical overview of 
the project, available at 
(http://www.buddhism-dict.net/dicts-intro.html). And I would like to 
express my deep thanks to the hundreds of scholars who have contributed 
to this project in large and small ways. We shall forge on ahead into 
the future!

Best regards,



A. Charles Muller

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Faculty of Letters
University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-8654, Japan

Office Phone: 03-5841-3735

Web Site: Resources for East Asian Language and Thought

Twitter: @H_Buddhism

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