Indic Digital Archive Foundation is a non-profit organisation that works on digital archival and preservation of Indic language cultural artefacts such as books, publications, and documents, making them available for open access.


Projects

ഗ്രന്ഥപ്പുര (Granthappura)

ഗ്രന്ഥപ്പുര (Granthappura)

ഗ്രന്ഥപ്പുര, the foundation's flagship project, is a digital archive that consists of cultural artefacts related to Kerala and Malayalam. It was seeded by the scanning and digitisation work Shiju Alex did over the course of a decade, culminating in a collection of 2000+ digitized books and publications.

The documents include some of the earliest printed documents related to Kerala including the first printed book in Malayalam; the first Malayalam book printed in India; the first Malayalam dictionary; many early Malayalam periodicals; first Malayalam book with colour images, and several others.

Browse the open access collection at gpura.org


Archival centres

The foundation currently operates one physical archival centre.

Archival centre 1

Address:
Dharmaram College, Bengaluru

Scanner:
BookEye 5 × 1

History

The foundation was born out of the pioneering digitisation work Shiju Alex did from 2009 to 2021, a period spanning over a decade. The open access collection of Kerala related artefacts digitized by Shiju, which he named Grandhappura (ഗ്രന്ഥപ്പുര), spanning ~2000+ artefacts with over 120,000+ pages, seeded the ഗ്രന്ഥപ്പുര project. Shiju's archive has received international recognition inviting collaboration from institutions such as the Tuebingen University, Germany.

After a decade of significant time, effort, and money spent on the project, Shiju decided to wind it down in December 2021, owing to the difficulties in sustaining it as a personal project. The announcement brought many well wishers forward expressing support for the continuation of the project. The project thus was revived and institutionalised into a foundation to expand its activities with more people and resources.

The foundation was started in 2022 with the financial support from the following founding donors.

  • Charmy Harikrishnan
  • Cherian Samuel
  • CV Radhakrishnan
  • Ebenezer Manoj Kumar
  • George Thomas
  • Joy Sebastian
  • Jyothis Edathoot
  • Manoj Narayanan
  • Manojkumar Nair and Mary Pearl Britto
  • Nishad Nikarthil
  • Patric Edward
  • Sunil Kumar Muthukurussi Mana Elamkulam

  • FOSS United Foundation

The foundation's logo is the Brahmi 𑁍 lotus glyph, a punctuation that denotes separation between large textual units, like a full stop. In the logo, it symbolises the invisible line where the physical ends and the digital begins.

People

The foundation's governing council and team are in the early days of making. If you are interested in joining the foundation, please write to us at [email protected]


Governing council

Shiju Alex

Shiju Alex

Shiju is the principal archivist and director at the foundation. The foundation was born out of Shiju's decade long hobby digitization work, which culminated in the Kerala Digital Archive collection. Based out of Benglauru, Shiju works as a technical document writer, is interested in astrophysics, trekking, Malayalam and Kerala related research, and Wikipedia projects.

Jisso Jose

Jisso Jose

A supporter of Shiju's work from the early days, Jisso is a director at the foundation and oversees operations and finances. A history lover and techno-entrepreneur, he runs Totient, a software engineering company out of Bangalore, and is a the founder of MicroCharity, a crowd micro-donation platform.

Kailash Nadh

Kailash Nadh

Kailash helps the foundation with technology and software. A hobbyist software developer, he works on Indic language projects such as Olam and Alar. Based out of Bengaluru, he is the CTO at Zerodha, a financial services firm.



Team

Sathish Thottassery

Sathish Thottassery

Sathish leads the daily archival activities at the foundation. Retired from a corporate career, he enjoys writing short stories and poetry, and has a book to his name—Anubhava Narmma Nakshathrangal (അനുഭവ നർമ്മ നക്ഷത്രങ്ങൾ). He is the academic coordinator of Malayalam Mission (Karnataka), President of the Deccan Cultural Society (Bangalore), and founder secretary and ex-president of Kerala Samajam Bangalore Southwest.

Joe Paul

Joe Paul

Joe is a software engineer at Zerodha and helps the foundation with technology R&D and software. Based out in Bengaluru, he likes to travel, play music and has recently developed a passion for books.

Support the foundation

You can reach us at [email protected] or +91-8112-110112.


Loan your artefact collection for digitization

If you have a rare collection of books or other artefacts that can be digitized, you can loan them to the foundation for scanning and digitization. All digitized artefacts, complying with copyright provisions, are released to the public domain under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.


Financial support

We are a non-profit foundation that runs on public donations and grants. If you would like to see the foundation's work continue and expand, you can donate whatever amount you would like to support its activties.

Bank: Indic Digital Archive Foundation (Account: 50200067375408, IFSC: HDFC0001535)
HDFC Bank, Mannarkkad / Vandazhi Branch, Kerala

Please e-mail us to obtain a receipt for your donation.