Sorting, digitally transforming, and archiving Epigraphs for the Archaeological Survey of India

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the Custodian of 100,000 copper and stone estampages (impressions of an inscription made onto inked paper) in different Indian languages, which have been safely kept for many years for research and archiving purposes.

Challenge

The epigraphs vary from a few inches to 100 feet long, and ASI has been trying to get them scanned and digitized for a very long time.

They needed someone that could provide a complete solution for digital transformation. Furthermore, they needed a platform designed to handle large amounts of Epigraphs of various shapes and sizes, as well as a place to store it for the world to remember.

Solution

The Indian Ambassador of Norway, Dr. B. Balabhaskar, reached out to the Ministry of Culture for depositing precious cultural data from India in the World Memory Vault (Arctic World Archive) at Svalbard. Discussions with the Archaeological Survey of India opened up an opportunity wherein ASI wanted to digitize and then archive these Epigraphs.

Piql came aboard, and a solution was presented to ASI which they were very positive to, and a commercial order followed.

This project is a combination of Piql India, Piql AS, and a Plug-in Partner, where the plug-in partner was able to provide supreme services along with a Piql archival solution.

Together, we introduced our 360-degree solution, which includes scanning, digitizing, indexing, cataloging, meta-tagging, website development, as well as archiving of 100,000 epigraphs.

When the process is finished, one copy of piqlFilm will be kept with ASI, and an additional copy will be deposited in the Arctic World Archive.

Future

Post scanning, digitizing, and archiving of these Epigraphs on Piql Film, one additional copy will be deposited in the Arctic World Archive and One will remain with ASI.