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The Asian Classics Input Project is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation of ancient Asian wisdom. ACIP conducts preservation projects in libraries, monasteries, and institutes throughout Asia. We are committed to creating a searchable digital database that provides scholars, academic institutions, and practitioners access to a virtual library of authentic sacred and classical texts.
Founded in 1988 with a grant from the David and Lucile Packard foundation, the Asian Classics Input Project is dedicated to locating, cataloging, digitally preserving, and freely distributing rare and precious collections of ancient wisdom. These surviving texts hold the philosophical, cultural, and religious heritage of Asian traditions dating back more than 2500 years.
ACIP digitally preserves these invaluable manuscripts because we believe that authentic ancient wisdom should be available to scholars, translators, and practitioners throughout the world, free of charge.
Our work is accomplished in several stages. First, we search the globe for surviving manuscript collections. We then catalogue their contents at various centers located mostly in Asia, where the books are carefully preserved as digital images and/or searchable e-text. These centers are staffed primarily by people who have come from the very regions where these great books were written and produced hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. ACIP helps not only to preserve these rich cultural traditions, but provides training in new skills to the input operators, many of them women whose work opportunities would otherwise be limited, to help them support themselves and their families.
Since its inception, ACIP has amassed a treasure trove of digitized wisdom literature, with more than two million pages digitally preserved and tens of thousands of pages of searchable e-books and catalogs distributed to the public free of charge.
to preserve important works of ancient wisdom and make them available to all
to develop and support efforts that enable the great ideas found in these works to enrich the lives of all people around the world
to aid in the preservation of Asian cultural heritages and traditions
to assist in improving the quality of the lives of the entire workforce of ACIP, many of them women in developing countries who would not otherwise have the skills or job opportunities ACIP provides
We realize these objectives by fostering a management philosophy in our domestic and overseas offices that is compassionate and rewarding for all our staff, donors, suppliers, partners and users.
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