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

By Sukanta Chaudhuri

This booklet files the construction 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 disguise cutting edge elements of the positioning, all replicable in different tasks: a hyperbibliography; a seek engine and hyperconcordance operating around the database; and a different collation application evaluating variation texts at 3 degrees. There also are chapters at the precise difficulties of processing manuscripts, and on making plans the web site. Early chapters take readers during the background of the undertaking, an outline of Tagore’s works, and the Bengali writing procedure 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 extraordinary for his or her sheer volume, the variety of version kinds of an excellent many goods, and their afterlife in translation, frequently the poet’s personal. Seldom if ever has a similar author revised his fabric and recast it throughout genres on the sort of scale.​​ Tagore received the Nobel Prize in 1913. 

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

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