PanLex and the Digitization of Balinese Lontar Manuscripts

(above: I Dewa Gde Catra (right) and David Kamholz at Museum Lontar Dukuh Penaban in Karangasem. Photo courtesy of PanLex and David Kamholz)

 

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019, 6-8 pm

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF. CA. 94103

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Description: PanLex is a San Francisco based nonprofit whose mission is to overcome language barriers to human rights, information, and opportunities. Earlier this year, in coordination with the Internet Archive (San Francisco, USA) and Udayana University (Denpasar, Indonesia), PanLex undertook the project of having palm-leaf images manually transcribed into Unicode text in Balinese script, so that the manuscripts would be readable and searchable by computer.

David will discuss the technical and logistical challenges of digitizing these manuscripts, as well as Balinese typography, and the evolving Palm Leaf Wiki.

Bio: David Kamholz (Project Director, PanLex) has first-hand experience with under-served language communities in Indonesia, where he has worked documenting languages of Papua province. A member of the PanLex team since 2013, he began in 2017 to expand the focus of PanLex to include partnerships with international organizations and global businesses. As a self-taught programmer, he is also responsible for maintaining the PanLex database, API, and servers. David holds a Doctorate in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.