The development of Buddhist Digital Resources in
The paper begins by introducing the project and models of the Chinese Buddhist Tripiṭakas developed by the “Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association” (CBETA). The entire project of digitization of the Electronic Tripiṭaka Collection inlcudes three phases: 1. digitizing the modern printed versions, 2. digitizing the block-printing versions, and 3. digitizing manuscripts and rare books. In order to familiarize scholars in related fields with the contents, features and applicability of the digitized Tripiṭaka collections, I discuss the rationale of the assemblage of the Chinese Tripiṭakas materials for each phase, analyze the quality of digitized texts, and point out their salient features.
Next, with a focus on usability, this paper presents the various Buddhist Digital Projects by allocating them to six categories according to the nature and targets or functions of the projects: Textual Study, Digital Catalogues, Lexicon Study, Time-Space Information, Social Networks and Integral Service. This enables users to apply extended functions, auxiliary applications and facilities of the digital Buddhist corpora in question more aptly and conveniently in their own researches.
Lastly, the paper engages with (a) the present relevance and challenges of the electronic Buddhist text collection, and (b) the theme of sustainable development of digital projects at large. A number of cases taken as examples from the present scene of Buddhist Digital Resources in
The paper concludes with an outlook of the future development of digital Buddhist texts, discussioning the knowledge asset of the integral-service of digital Buddhist texts.
Electronic Tripiṭaka Collection; Buddhist Digital Projects; Buddhist Digital Resources; Tripiṭaka Catalogues; CBETA