The purpose of GIST is to facilitate access to the ginanic literature in the digital age. With GIST, researchers will now be able to access catalog records, table of contents, digitized manuscripts to help locate and access potential witnesses for editing ginanic literature.
GIST is part of a technology research project funded by the University of Saskatchewan Library. The current phase of GIST incorporates the Collection of Ismaili Literature at Harvard University, making use of Houghton Library’s existing metadata on the collection. The GIST website is also informed by Dr. Asani’s book – The Harvard collection of Ismaili literature in Indic languages: a descriptive catalog and finding aid.
The ultimate goal of GIST is to provide digital access to the ginanic resources from various institutional collections, catalogs, and digital repositories.
GIST is part of a research study being led by Karim Tharani, Information Technology Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan Library, in consultation with Dr. Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University.