Many thoughts appear in course of our work and reactions from friends too. These prove valuable in carrying the work forward. But the readers never get to know this.
Some things, however, need be shared and some are just fun to pass around. This is a place for some such musings.
The seeds of the website you are visiting today was sown some thirteen years back. Efforts were initiated then by Srujanika for improving computer work in Odia language and for preserving Odia printed material using computers. An outline of this can be found on the ‘about’ page, will add more details in future.
Preservation of printed material through digitization by Srujanika proceeded quite well. But Srujanika was hesitant to take up the work of hosting a website for these digital treasures. The major reason was that this would take away from the limited manpower available for the main work of digitization. Another factor was the lack of expertise for the web work within the core group and of financial resourses. Collaborations were sought with other institutions, both private and government, who could put up and manage a website on a long term basis. But nothing came out of the many discussions on the subject over a period of several years. Even unpleasant situations arose from this. All these led us to take the difficult decision, in April this year, of developing a website ourselves. And what you see today is the first results of that decision. Much remains to be done in the days ahead.
As it stands now the website is a digital library. The major contents are the Odia periodicals (newspapers and magazines) published before 1950, the sections reference and showcase and a working dictionary. The contents of the book section is still small, but this will grow to become the major section with regular additions. There are other gaps and technical deficiencies too which will addressed in the coming weeks.
We hope that the website will create some enthusiasm and bring in new involvements. Only that can help it to develop into an useful asset for the Odia language. Your feedback on the website will be most valuable for us in moving ahead.