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Development of Language and Linguistic Resources
Society for Natural Language Technology Research (SNLTR), a Society under the aegis of Department of Information Technology, Govt. of West Bengal has fixed up its motivation to digitize the prominent Bangla Literary works which are out of the protocol of copyright. The significance is that the process of digitization would be made through an international encoding standard i.e. Unicode 5.0 or later, which will be easily accessible globally to the public on Internet.
Completed Projects :
Complete works of Rabindranath Tagore with Swaralipi
As a maiden endeavour towards fulfilling this goal SNLTR has digitized the entire literary works of Rabindranath Tagore, and has put the same into the official website of the Society (http://www.rabindra-rachanabali.nltr.org). This website contains all the original Bangla writings of Rabindrnath—poems, stories, novels, dramas, essays, songs along with their notations. In addition to these the site also records other information related to Tagore and his works like Tagore’s biographical information, information regarding his literary works, letters, criticisms, etc.
The key features of the site are summarized below :
All the works of Tagore are categorized into different genre, viz. poems, stories, novels, dramas, essays, songs, etc. This makes the task of a viewer much easy in finding out the desired work.
It has a robust search engine “Anusandhan” which helps one to find out particular words or phrases.
The feature “Anveshan” enables its viewer to get the meta-information of a work—the date of composition, the main characters, the category of the work, etc.
An alphabetical list of all his works is also available in the site.
All notations of the songs (Swaralipi) are available online through a link in the text of the song.
Any or all parts of this online version can be printed, emailed as per the requirement of the target audience.
This online publication stands as a fitting tribute to the celebration of Tagore’s 150th Birth Centenary year and was released on the 2nd of February 2010.
Complete works of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay
Complete works of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
Cinema-script of Satyajit Rays Film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
Moreover, SNLTR has embarked upon Preservation of Satyajit Ray’s Work. As the first endeavor, SNLTR is digitizing Satyajit Ray’s note book(“Khero Khata”) for Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne movie with appropriate annotations to support search operations.
On-going projects :
Like Rabindra-Rachanabali, work is on towards digitization of Bangla Classics in Unicode format and will be made online very soon. These include :
There is a huge repository of Bangla digital documents, which were prepared in non-standard fonts. To have the benefit of this large corpus of information and data for further use, SNLTR has developed a number of code-conversion software that can convert the electronic version of legacy data to the Unicode 5.0 format. Maintaining Unicode standard, this project aims to archive electronic language resources developed in Bangla as well as in English along with a bilingual search engine.