Today the Sikher Project released GurbaniDB, where you can download 52 translations and 22 transliterations of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
As far as I can tell these are entirely machine generated and of pretty poor quality – but that’s the point, these are destined to be used as starting points on a collaboritive effort to create actual usable translations and transliterations. Sign up to help here.
They suggest the use of the Code2000 font, which is actually a pretty ugly Shareware (meaning it costs $5 to use) font. It’s generally uneeded to use these giant Pan-Unicode fonts, as most modern operating systems include the proper regional fonts already. If you have to use one of these I would suggest either GNU Freefont or GNU Unifont. Even better than using these would be to get the regional Unicode fonts for the language you are using, for Gurmukhi the best one is SAAB which is released under the GPL.
So definitely check out this cool project, donate some money or time towards it if you think it’s useful (I do)
Today I’m glad to finally announce the beta launch of one of my small side projects: Khabran
Basically it’s a one-stop easy to use single page where you can go and peruse all the latest Sikh Internet buzz. Right now it’s full of Sikh News and some blogs, but if you have any RSS feed you think would be useful to add, either comment here or shoot me an email and I’ll add it if I agree :)
Check it out, please give me some feedback, don’t get too upset if it breaks every now and again as I add features and fix bugs.
A small note about the advertisements: Basically the story is this – I’m broke. If putting up one small set of adverts can help pay my internet bills, I’m inclined to try it. If you know any other way I can get some meager funds (mostly to pay for food, this and future projects, etc.) please contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this cool new Sikh project that just publicly launched Panjab Digital Library.
From the press release:
For the first time ever a searchable collection of millions of rare pages, on Sikhs and the region of Panjab has been made available. Panjab Digital Library (PDL) will include texts of manuscripts, books, magazines, newspapers and photographs and will be available to anyone with Internet access at www.panjabdigilib.org. This launch was made possible in part by the Nanakshahi Trust and the Sikh Research Institute.
Panjab Digital Library has been in development since 2003, charged with a mission to select, collect, preserve, digitize and make accessible the accumulated wisdom of Panjab. Texts were included without distinction as to script, language, religion, nationality, or other human condition.
Definitely a cool and worthy project that I’ll be keeping my eye on in the future.