Thursday, December 08, 2005

Search engines and Tibetan, network of information

Speaking of 'byung ba chen po, just for fun try to type this into Google and see if you get results. Try with other Tibetan words spelled as Wylie.

I would expect there will be more and more hits in future.

This leads me to the soap box. This is an interesting time we live in, there's' a network of knowledge that is slowly expanding. There will be more and more Tibetan material available for direct searches via any search engine. Same with RSS feeds, blogs, online translation tools, and much more.

We just need to both upload more knowledge, and build more connections between various services. The next post is about an amazing online web site that maybe some of you know about.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Kent,

Is there an on-line tibetan-english dictionary? Just to look up words? Glossaries are too limited to very technical buddhist terms.

Thanks,
C.K.

Kent Sandvik said...

Hi, yes there are some. I posted about the Tibetan Scanner, or http://www.thdl.org/tibetan/servlet/org.thdl.tib.scanner.OnLineScannerFilter?thdlBanner=off

and there are others, too, such as the Rangjung Yeshe dictionary, at:

http://www.nitartha.org/dictionary.html

You could look for others via google. As an interesting footnote, I typed in tibetan online dictionary in the web address field of FireFox, not the search field, and I got a hit on the nitartha address above. Good user interface.

There's something else interesting cooking, and happening soon, when that's ready for use it will be announced...