Global Times: Digital archiving used to preserve Tibetan manuscripts

Global Times: Digital archiving used to preserve Tibetan manuscripts . “Preservation of ancient palm-leaf manuscripts collected in Lhasa’s Potala Palace in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has entered the digital archiving phase, the cultural relics research office of the Potala Palace announced on Sunday. With a total of 29,380 leaves, the Potala Palace has the largest collection of palm-leaf manuscripts in China. A plan to take inventory of and protect the manuscripts was kicked off in May 2020, China News reported on Sunday.”

Stanford Libraries Blog: East Asia Library launches Tibet Oral History Project online exhibit

Stanford Libraries Blog: East Asia Library launches Tibet Oral History Project online exhibit. “The East Asia Library has launched an online exhibit for the Tibet Oral History Project, a collection of over three hundred video interviews with Tibetan refugees. The Tibet Oral History Project was created by Dr. Marcella Adamski in 2003 with the goal of documenting the accounts of elder Tibetans living in exile who had experienced life in Tibet before, during, and after the imposition of Communist rule by the People’s Republic of China in 1951.”

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Center Launches Google Arts and Culture Collections Page and First Story

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Center Launches Google Arts and Culture Collections Page and First Story. “The Center is pleased to join the platform to increase the public’s access to and awareness of some of the rich materials in our collection. The Center’s page opens with Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau, which features fieldwork with nomadic ethnic Tibetan communities in China. In January, the Center will add a second feature, Discover Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (1967–2017), which shares the stories of some of the sculptures, pottery, costumes, and other crafts created at Center’s signature annual event.The site also includes a growing collection of images and videos from between 1965 to 2019.”

Xinhua: Upgraded Tibetan-language search engine, input method software launched

Xinhua: Upgraded Tibetan-language search engine, input method software launched. “An upgraded search engine app and input method software designed for Tibetan-speaking users have been officially launched, according to local authorities in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. The search engine yongzin.com was launched in August 2016, which receives an average of 10 million daily visits, said the government of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai.”

Ars Technica: Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones

Ars Technica: Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones. “Attackers from a group dubbed Poison Carp used one-click exploits and convincing social engineering to target iOS and Android phones belonging to Tibetan groups in a six-month campaign, researchers said. The attacks used mobile platforms to achieve a major escalation of the decade-long espionage hacks threatening the embattled religious community, researchers said.”

Boing Boing: Marriott fires employee for “willfully liking” a tweet in support of Tibetan independence

Boing Boing: Marriott fires employee for “willfully liking” a tweet in support of Tibetan independence. “Marriott has fired one of its social media managers because the employee ‘wrongfully liked’ a tweet from Friends of Tibet, a group that supports Tibetan independence from China. The sacking started when Marriott contracted with an outside company to perform a customer satisfaction survey, on which a multiple choice question about which countries guests had used the chain’s hotels in listed “Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan” as separate countries. Describing these territories as independent countries is an offense under Chinese law.”

The Adventure Blog: The Himalayan Database Will Soon be Available for Free

The Adventure Blog: The Himalayan Database Will Soon be Available for Free. “When it comes to climbing the big mountains in Nepal – and lesser extent Tibet – The Himalayan Database is the definitive record for everything has been accomplished there over the past 50 years. The information contained in the database has been meticulously compiled by Ms. Elizabeth Hawley for five decades, and soon all of those records will be available to the general public online for free.”

China Focus: Digital archiving preserves Tibetan Buddhist artwork (Xinhua)

Xinhua: China Focus: Digital archiving preserves Tibetan Buddhist artwork. “In the morning, researchers and monks gather in front of a hall in Sakya Monastery, the earliest monastery of the Sakya Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. They go through the security checks and enter the hall, which is designated as a work area for the second round of a digital archive project which was launched in September…. The project aims to archive 26 types of artifacts in the Sakya Monastery, Tibet Autonomous Region.”

Xinhuanet: China launches Tibetan-language literature database

Xinhuanet: China launches Tibetan-language literature database . “China Monday launched a Tibetan-language literature database to facilitate the protection and development of Tibetan culture and provide resources for future study. Run by China Tibetology Research Center, the database was established under the approval of the United Front Work Department of Communist Party of China Central Committee.”

BBC News: How good is Tibet’s Beijing-backed search engine?

From the BBC, an article from late June but I’m spending the weekend catching up on my e-mail (HA!) How good is Tibet’s Beijing-backed search engine? “This week saw the launch of the very first search engine in the Tibetan language. Yongzim, backed by the Chinese authorities, claims to be better at handling complex searches involving several words in the language than any alternative. But a spokesman for the government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration, told the BBC it could also be used as a ‘platform to promote propaganda to legitimise the illegal occupation of Tibet’.”

In Trial Operation: New Tibetan-Language Search Engine

In trials: a new Tibetan-language search engine. “Cloud Tibet, the world’s first search engine dedicated specially to Tibetan-speaking people, has been launched for trial operation, the China News Service reported on Tuesday. Developed by a Tibetan language research center in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, Cloud Tibet will help Tibetan-speaking people access a variety of information in text, graphic and video formats, said Tselo, head of the development team.”

How to Snapchat From Mt. Everest

Just wow: How to Snapchat from Mt Everest. There are many (stunning) images here and Snapchats which have been uploaded to YouTube. “At the beginning of April, [Adrian] Ballinger, along with climber and photographer Cory Richards, National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year, set out to climb Everest without oxygen tanks. They’re not the first to attempt this feat, but they are the first to document the entire journey in real time using Snapchat. (Editor’s note: on May 24, the partners reached their goal and summited Everest.)”

Database of Living Buddhas Almost Complete

China has almost completed its database of living Buddhas. “The online registration system contains the profiles of 1,311 individuals recognized as reincarnated Buddhas to help the public differentiate between real religious figures and fraudulent ones, the Buddhist Association of China (BAC) said Thursday. The BAC first published details on 870 Living Buddhas in January.” There have been protests against this database.