Prakaś Foundation is a non-profit association established in 2005 to support digital scholarship in Buddhist studies and Sanskritic languages. Prakaś provides funding, strategic planning and program management for platform developments.
Prakaś brings together researchers, system architects and system developers, information architects and instructional designers under a research consulting methodology and academic oversight. Prakaś has a particular focus on digital infrastructure and methodologies for:
- philological research,
- corpus development, and
- digital publishing.
Prakaś current portfolio is based around the development of a philological research framework for ancient manuscripts and texts: a comprehensive end-to-end solution for collaborative research, sustainable corpus development, and flexible digital publishing. The platforms include:
- READ Workbench – a SaaS portal which supports the integration and management of researchers, resources, tools and processes in the collaborative development of textual corpora. Developed by Prakaś Foundation.
- READ – an open source environment for epigraphic and manuscript research which supports the transcription, research, understanding, analysis and publishing of scholarly editions and studies. Developed in consortium by LMU-Munich, Prakaś Foundation, University of Lausanne, University of Sydney and University of Washington-Seattle.
- READ Workbench Collections – a framework for researchers to collaborate on the publishing of collections of digital scholarly editions of manuscripts and inscriptions. Developed by Prakaś Foundation and University of Sydney.