Digital Repositories

The availability of digitised sources opens new possibilities for the digital humanities. The improved accessibility of source material can facilitate social history research, when combined with new research questions and perspectives. This is particularly true of research on Indian history, as historians often have to grapple with the problem of the absence of or, when available, poorly preserved sources. Thus, parallel to research, the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies (MWF Delhi) from its early days has responded to the need to create open access digital source and bibliographic repositories. Collecting and storing source material and creating digitised indexes and guides as a resource to enable research forms an important part of the MWF’s work right from the day when it started its journey as the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office (MWS IBO) in 2014. MWF Delhi has two repositories that are available to scholars, upon request, free of cost. These include Sources of the History of Education in India and Looking Back on Education: The Life Stories Project. The institute also supports collaborative repositories like the Archives of Indian Labour – Pilot Study.

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