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About this project

WHAT IS JAINPEDIA?

The JAINpedia.org site is a leading encylopedia on Jainism, illustrated with rare manuscripts from The British Library, The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bodleian Libraries, The Wellcome Trust and The Royal Asiatic Society.

The site has been designed professionally by King's College London and is a beautiful collection of over 90 manuscripts contextualised by almost 1000 pages, 30 e-books and magazines, galleries of photos and other supplementary material such as glossaries, bibliographies and a timeline. The site offers amazing tools to view the digital manuscripts and the e-books.

The entire resource is a wealth of information adapted to the 21st Century in digital format. It is useful not only for, scholars and academics, but anyone interested in learning more about one of the oldest faiths in the world. It raises awareness of the faith and provides the knowledge in simple and easily understandable terms.

Holding institutions of Jain Manuscripts
Holding institutions of Jain Manuscripts

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Jainpedia.org team have identified the need to add 500 more pages to fully reference and provide background to the digitised manuscripts, making them more meaningful to the site’s users. To pay for original articles, editors and additional website costs, we require a total of £100,000 of funding.

We are seeking an initial £10,000 as this is our first project on Kick Starter, which will provide for the first 50 pages. However all money raised will be used to add content to the JAINpedia site. You can back our project, by pledging a range of amounts in return for a treasure trove of rewards. We will update you on our progress of adding content as soon as we hit our target, and will continue to do so, as we hope you continue to pledge, even after the initial target is achieved.

Share our plea and project details with your friends and family, and be a part of this amazing project that brings ancient and rare knowledge to any screen around the world, for any audience.

Every backer receives a reward, read more about these rewards below and enjoy them!

MAIN TARGET

  • £10,000 fund a further 50 pages of contextual information on JAINpedia.org 
  • This can be in the form of written articles, with images, glossaries, bibliographies and links. Or manuscript descriptions, translations, transliterations and background information.

STRETCH GOALS

  • £100,000 to fund what we believe would be a 'complete' encyclopedia of the Jain faith, with an additional 500 pages of contextual information.
  • £150,000 to fund the expansion of the JAINpedia subsite - Learn Jainism for a younger audience, and add more How-To videos and lesson plans.

MESSAGE FROM JAINPEDIA CONTENT MANAGER

My name is Jasmine Kelly and I'm the content manager of JAINpedia.org My job involves handling all content on the website, including articles in the four Themes plus digitised artefacts, manuscript descriptions and translations, through pictures, captions and web link descriptions to the glossary, timeline and e-Library. In addition, I liaise with the content partners who provide the digitised manuscripts at the heart of JAINpedia.org 

I've been with the project since 2009 and from the start JAINpedia.org has been a very ambitious project, fired by a grand vision of bringing the Jain religion into the 21st century and of spreading knowledge among Jains and non-Jains. We're very proud of what we've accomplished – and we keep being told that we're doing a great job – but we haven't even met our key goals yet! When you look at the website, you'll see a huge amount of material. Since JAINpedia went live, we've added digitised manuscripts and articles, plus much more... Even so, only about half the articles we've planned are currently live and we're hoping to publish more digitised manuscripts and artefacts, especially Digambara items. 

All this needs to be financed and we need your help to move on to the final stage. It would be fantastic to complete JAINpedia, thus meeting our goal of becoming the best online resource for Jainism. Website visitors tell us that the freely available project is invaluable as an educational resource, unparalleled on the web, and reaches people of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge. 

The IoJ, the small charity behind the website, is run by volunteers and focused on education and heritage. The JAINpedia website is a central element so I urge you to show your appreciation for how far we've come and to support our future by donating, even if it's a small amount. Lots of small pledges can make a real difference so don't feel you shouldn't contribute if you cannot give a large amount. 

The principal reason I believe it's important that JAINpedia continues is so new generations and all parts of the world can explore significant elements of human culture and heritage. Knowing more about what happened previously and in other places offers some insight into varying mindsets and attitudes that can aid us in recognising what we share, not what divides us. It can help us make better-informed decisions in the present, which in turn frame the future for our shared planet. Little-known outside India, Jain principles, history, art and literature are valuable as both artefacts showing distinctive ways of thinking and living, and for the practical relevance they hold for the millions of Jains who practise their faith daily. Great works of art and literature, and expressions of spirituality are part of the common inheritance of all human beings. Pledging to JAINpedia means that you are taking an active role in receiving what has been handed down to us all and passing it on to future generations around the world. Please pledge to keep JAINpedia.org going and to help us meet our goals.

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JAINPEDIA PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS & EVENTS

The site has been designed professionally by Kings College London and content is curated by the renowned Indologist Prof. Nalini Balbir. 

JAINpedia.org Homepage
JAINpedia.org Homepage

To publicise the original collections, and the JAINpedia site, we have successfully held over 50 events over the past 5 years at the holding Insitutions. We have seen over 28,000 visitors to these Museums and Libraries, including HRH Prince Charles.

HRH Prince Charles visits Jain exhibition at the V&A Museum, as part of JAINpedia project
HRH Prince Charles visits Jain exhibition at the V&A Museum, as part of JAINpedia project

REWARDS

What do you get for pledging? The full details are just over there, on the right. As you’d expect, the greater your support, the more you’ll get in return. 

Here's a visual indication of some of the items you will receive in return for your generosity:

Jain Spirit Magazines
Jain Spirit Magazines
Discover Jainism
Discover Jainism
Jain Tales
Jain Tales
Tattvārtha Sūtra - That Which Is
Tattvārtha Sūtra - That Which Is
Exclusive Tour at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Exclusive Tour at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Ahimsa Day is celebrated at the House of Commons, England. Ahimsa Award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ahimsa Day is celebrated at the House of Commons, England. Ahimsa Award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
            

Risks and challenges

The risk and challenges on this project include:
1) Possible loss of content editor and project manager – we currently have contracts with our staff, and our processes and procedures are fully documented.

2) Finding suitable scholars – we have a database of scholars and institutions to help us source suitable material

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    Pledge £5 or more About $9

    Thank you for your valuable support. We appreciate your contribution and we will mention your name on the JAINpedia Twitter and Facebook site.

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    You will be sent a copy of the renowned 'Jain Spirit' magazine. Availability of its copies is limited.

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    You will be sent a copy of our 'Discover Jainism' and 'Jain Tales' books for children(used in the UK RE Curriculum).

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    You will receive a selection of 10 limited 'Jain Spirit' magazines.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $340

    A selection of 15 limited 'Jain Spirit' magazines. in addition to a set of our RE Children's books, 'Discover Jainism' and 'Jain Tales' will be your reward.

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    A selection of 20 limited 'Jain Spirit' magazines. and a copy of the famous English translation of the Jain scripture 'Tattvartha Sutra' - That Which Is.

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    You will get an exclusive tour for a group of 10 of your friends and/or family, of the Jain artefacts in the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The tour will be personally conducted by a Director of the Institute of Jainology who is also an inter-cultural guide for Buddhist, Hindu and Jain artefacts at the Museum.
    You will also get a selection of 10 limited 'Jain Spirit' Magazines.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,702

    You will be sent an invite to the exclusive Institute of Jainology event, 'Ahimsa Day' held at the House of Commons in London, annually.

    You also receive a special mention on JAINpedia social media sites and the newsletter. A hand written thank you letter from the Chairman of the Institute of Jainology will also be included with a copy of the famous book 'That Which Is - The Tattvartha Sutra'.

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