SOUTH ASIA FIELD OFFICE
The South Asia Field Office (SAFO) of ACIP oversees our three main input centers where we create searchable e-text versions of Tibetan books. Sera Mey Monastic University Computer Center (Bylakuppe), Tibetan Rabgyeling Refugee Settlement Computer Center (Hunsur), and Tibetan Dekey Larsoe Refugee Settlement Computer Center (Bylakkupe).
SERA MEY MONASTIC UNIVERSITY
The Sera Mey Tibetan Monastic University Computer Center and the Sera Mey Library Computer Sectionare the founding centers of ACIP. Established in the late 1980's, the centers at Sera Mey trained Tibetan Buddhist monks attending the college to work with computers as a way to further their education, as well as contribute to the preservation of the literature being input.
Sera Mey Computer Center is currently staffed by eight data entry operators, all of them monastics attending the college, and is managed by Ven. Pemba.
Tibetan Rabgyeling Input Center, located near Mysore in Hunsur, South India, started operations in 1996, and currently has 11 input operators, mostly Tibetan refugee women. It is under the supervision of Lobsang Tsering, and SAFO general manager Sonam Lhamo.
TIBETAN DEKEY LARSOE
The Tibetan Dekey Larsoe Input Center, located near Sera Mey Monastery in Bylakuppe (Mysore District) in Karnataka, South India, was founded in 1997. There are currently 9 fulltime input operators, all Tibetan refugee women, under the supervision of Migmar Phentok, and SAFO general manager Sonam Lhamo.
MONGOLIA NATIONAL LIBRARY
ACIP established its catalogue and digital imaging project in Mongolia, located in the National Library of Mongolia in Ulaanbataar, in 1999. There are approximately 650,000 Tibetan titles housed in this collection, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The Mongolian staff includes 12 cataloguers and digital imaging personnel. Most of them have a degree in Textology and Tibetology from the National University of Mongolia. The cataloging portion of the project is managed by a Tibetan, Ngawang Gyatso, who was trained by ACIP in India.
The primary focus of the center has been the cataloging and organization of the vast Tibetan collection, as well as the digital imaging of the Peking and Tempangma Kangyurs.
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TIBETAN STUDIES
The ACIP-CUTS project is located at the esteemed Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) in Sarnath, India. This collaborative endeavor with CUTS began in 2007 and is overseen by a senior CUTS staff member, Mr. Pema Gyalpo.
The strengths of the ACIP-CUTS personnel is that they are highly educated in Tibetan and Sanskrit, and as graduates of CUTS, they are able to employ academic materials and methods when needed. In addition, they enjoy access to exceptional resources - both printed and human expertise, of the University itself.
The primary work that has been done in Sarnath has been the verification of searchable e-text data of the Dege Tengyur, and the Lhasa Kangyur, using specialized ACIP softwares designed to identify many of the transliteration errors found in the raw typed data. The focus of the center relies on it's high level of competency using computer technology in conjunction with the available scholastic resources.