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PROJECT FILES

The following is my current phalanx of open files, a total of 50 projects at diverse states of completion or suspension. Project priority figures are the sum of my own priority assessment and the degree of public interest and participation.




Priority legend

1: Developed regardless of participation.
0.9: High priority community project.
0.8: Receives regular attention.
0.7: Tended to, time permitting.
0.6: Receives occasional attention.
0.5: With random bursts of inspiration.
0.4: When all other work is done and gone.
0.3: Sometime in the more distant future.
0.2: Development suspended for the time being.
0.1: Development suspended, probably for good.
0: Buried and unlikely to be ever resurrected.



Archival Work

Updated
Jan 15th 2007 - 11:21 GMT
Available at
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Opened
January 2002
Abstract
Archival tasks include everything from scanning or photographing manuscripts and old publications to uncovering and categorizing public domain or royalty free images and other media that deserves to be preserved for the future and be made easily available.
Md tasks
• Cataloging materials
• Making contacts for accessing materials
• Photography
• Research
• Scanning
Assistance
The world is full of materials to archive.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Miscellaneous archival tasks
Status
Nothing systematic ongoing aside whatever falls under Gaudiya Grantha Mandira.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
On a per-need basis.
Requirements
-
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Bengali Grammar Analyzer

Updated
Feb 11th 2007 - 06:00 GMT
Available at
http://www.bhasa.net/tools/beGram.php
Opened
February 2007
Abstract
beGram is a Bhasa.Net Resource tool that examines a sentence by comparing the word to a list of suffixes and offers suggestions that help the translator in identifying different noun cases and verb tenses.

• Currently covers most noun cases and verb tenses.
• Longest suffix match is highlighted as the most likely option.
• Words are linked to the Samsad online Bengali-English dictionary.
Md tasks
• Linguistic research
• Software development
Assistance
Any and all feedback for further development would be welcome. In particular, help in identifying rules for language constructs would be helpful. Participate in the development at the Bhasa.Net forums.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Available.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Developed as time permits.
Requirements
-
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Bhajan Kutir

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
Opened
October 2005
Abstract
A bhajan kutir at Radha-kunda for us to stay at, engaging in bhajana and seva in a conducive and peaceful environment.

A place to meet friends in peace and be immersed in padavali-kirtana and Krishna-katha.
Md tasks
• Raising funds
• Overseeing construction

• Some have also asked me to document the process. I'll be featuring that in Vraja Journal along with a number of other practicalities related to Vraja-vasa.
Assistance
We could use some financial assistance, donations and loans all the same.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Financial assistance
Status
The land has been paid for and will be registered in March. Construction scheduled to start whenever the necessary funds have been collected, hopefully sooner than later. Plans have been drawn and shown to the contractor.

Related news:
    » Photos of the Land
    » Initial Notes
Priority
1.08  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Followed up on with great enthusiasm.
Requirements
Funds for the construction, about 300.000 INR or 5300€.
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Bhasa.Net

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.bhasa.net/
Opened
November 2006
Abstract
A forum for studies of Indic languages — such as Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Sanskrit — in a Vaisnava context.
Md tasks
• Administrative tasks, moderation
• Participation as time permits, primarily in the capacity of sharing notes I make in the course of my personal studies, and in asking questions.
• Development of attached resources.
Assistance
Participate in the development of the various resources. See separate entries for:

Bibliography
diCrunch Diacritic Converter
Padavali Database

Tasks you can help with:
    » Forum participation
Status
Recently opened. Active.

Related news:
    » Bhasa with a Style
    » Bhasa.Net Opened
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Ongoing as it is. Bibliography plug-in to be coded. Software upgrade and language-related enhancements to be done when the final version of phpBB is released. Bhasa.Net will receive more attention than most projects due to my personal interests in learning languages.
Requirements
Anticipating growth of membership and increased participation.
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Bibliography

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.bhasa.net/bibliography
Opened
November 2006
Abstract
An independent aspect of the Bhasa.Net resource, a bibliography database for Vaisnava literature in diverse languages.
Md tasks
• Main editor
• Software development
Assistance
Text input is required.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Bibliography data input
Status
Beta launched late November, most features are online and active.

Related news:
    » Vaisnava Bibliography
Priority
0.75  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Grows as people contribute, runs on its own. Some further features need to be coded in, time permitting.
Requirements
People typing in bibliographical data from their libraries or from online sources.
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Book Publications

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
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Opened
February 2002
Abstract
Translating and producing varieties of literature, the works of Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja among others.
Md tasks
• Editing
• Layout
• Translation
• General work coordination

• Working on unpublished manuscripts – editing and proofreading against the original Bengali works.
Assistance
We can always use people who can edit, proofread or do graphic design. No specific tasks listed for the moment; please leave your contact info and we'll keep you posted when projects surface.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Editing and proofreading
    » Graphic design
Status
Book publication work is a bit on the back-burner at present due to absence of time.

Published as printed editions (see online at SKCSM):

• Guru-tattva-vijnana & Bhakta-tattva-vijnana
• Madhurya Kadambini
• Raga Vartma Candrika
• Siksastakam

Related news:
    » Madhurya Kadambini Now Available
Priority
0.75  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Time permitting, will work on an English versions of Babaji Maharaja’s Gutika and Prarthana-commentary. Plans on publishing e-books at www.krishnacaitanya.com are in the air. See E-books.
Requirements
Time, lots of it. Help from people skilled in Bengali and Sanskrit. Editors, proofreaders, etc. Finances are independent of me as far as printing is concerned. (I will not be funding any, as I have nothing to fund with.)
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Chaitanya Tree

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.chaitanyatree.com/
Opened
May 2006 / Undeveloped
Abstract
A communal effort for mapping the diverse branches of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, covering diverse parivars, organizations, sripats, temples, samadhis, gurus and sadhus in a searchable index.
Md tasks
• Editor
• Research
• Technical implementation
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Undeveloped. Overlaps partially with gkWiki, the main difference would be in presentation and extensive interlinking of resources. I also lack the resources to research on my own to the extent the project would call for, we would need many committed individuals who could all chart different tracts of the Gaudiya landscape.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.1  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Development suspended. Project will be permanently closed in May 2007 as the domain expires if no new developments take place.
Requirements
Extensive community participation.
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Classes and Seminars

Updated
Jan 18th 2007 - 12:15 GMT
Available at
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Opened
January 2006
Abstract
Every so often Vaisnavas wish to hear discussions on topics of interest. God willing, I have sometimes given a class or two that have successfully inspired or educated a soul or two.

For some audio materials, click here.
Md tasks
• Preparing study materials
• Giving classes
Assistance
If someone wanted to research and make notes on themes of interest, why not.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Open to suggestions that do not involve travel outside Vraja.
Requirements
An audience?
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Correspondence

Updated
Jan 15th 2007 - 11:21 GMT
Available at
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Opened
January 2002
Abstract
Questions calling for answers. Devotees in need of help or support. Newcomers asking questions. And so on, and so forth. My sent mail box shows a figure approaching 15.000 mails. Top that with the messengers of a number of online forums, and it adds up to a whole lot of communication. I type fast (100 WPM), but many letters take more thinking than typing.
Md tasks
• Replying to mails.
Assistance
• Dave has been looking into incoming correspondence and communications with some sites on the Gaudiya Kutir Network.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing, albeit a bit late every so often. Sorry to everyone who've had to wait for replies! Please be aware that mails that are extraordinarily long or deal with particularly grave matters may take a moment to get a reply – I wish to give them the time they deserve.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As they come in.
Requirements
Time, heavens, time!
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diCrunch Diacritic Converter

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
Opened
May 2006
Abstract
A browser-based tool for converting diacritics and Indic scripts from one encoding to another. Preceded by and replacing the GGM diacritic convertor I worked on (from Dec 2003).
Md tasks
• Software development
Assistance
• Would like to see this ported into a Windows API product.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Desktop application
Status
Beta 2 under development, fairly mature. Most features I can think of have been implemented.

Related news:
    » 2.0 Beta 4
    » 2.0 Beta 3
    » 2.0 Beta 2
    » 2.0 Beta 1
    » Version 1.30 available
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Bug-fixes. Features on request.
Requirements
-
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E-books

Updated
Jan 15th 2007 - 10:43 GMT
Available at
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Opened
November 2005
Abstract
We have some books published, but lack the infrastructure to make them easily available on a wider basis. We also have materials that are basically publication quality, but don't have the resources to get them printed. E-books, then, are the natural solution.
Md tasks
• Whatever is listed under Book Publications
• Technical solutions
Assistance
• Dave has been looking into XML-based formatting languages that would enable us to produce e-books directly from a Wiki-styled setup where multiple editors can work on the texts at the same time.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
It's in the air.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I can see it coming... I can't see the date.
Requirements
Time.
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Fonts

Updated
Jan 17th 2007 - 21:17 GMT
Available at
http://www.bhasa.net/viewforum.php?f=6
Opened
February 2002
Abstract
Fonts are a concern for anyone working with text transliterated Sanskrit or Bengali, as most available fonts lack the diacritics needed.

List of Unicode fonts for transliteration, Bengali, Devanagari and Oriya
Veni XHK - A font showing Harvard-Kyoto input as diacritics
Md tasks
• Locating and testing Unicode-compatible fonts
• Developing derivative fonts from open-source typefaces
Assistance
Anyone who can locate or develop fonts is invited to do so.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
I've more or less covered my bases satisfactorily with the current collections. As such, this isn't a burning priority, though more fonts always come in handy where graphic design is concerned.

Related news:
    » Unicode fonts with sufficient diacritics
Priority
0.65  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Veni XHK needs to be updated.
Requirements
-
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Forum Participation

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
Diverse locations
Opened
February 2002
Abstract
Various degrees of participation at different online discussion forums and community sites, such as:

www.audarya-fellowship.com
www.bhasa.net
www.gaudiyadiscussions.com
www.gaudiya-repercussions.com
www.istagosthi.org (R.I.P.)
www.myspace.com/gaudiya
www.orkut.com
www.vilasakunja.com
Md tasks
• Answers to questions, research on diverse topics
• Balanced presentations of the traditional Gaudiya path for the curious and the inquisitive (while tactfully avoiding the inquisition...)
• Creating new contacts
• Yes, and I ask questions too – there's an ocean between me and knowing it all.
Assistance
Could use some help with routine tasks.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Diverse routine tasks
Status
Retired to a great deal aside participation at forums I host or moderate myself.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.55  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Current (fairly low) level of activity maintained for the time being, likely to decrease in the future.
Requirements
-
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Gaudiya Discussions

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
Opened
January 2002 / December 2003
Abstract
A site that was once one of the most active Gaudiya Vaisnava discussion forums. Successor to Raganuga Discussions since December 2003, the site still receives substantial traffic.
Md tasks
• Technical solutions
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online. Public discussions have been suspended since April 2006.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.2  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
No change to current status, nothing happening. Searchable archives are kept online for the foreseeable future.
Requirements
Ads on the site bring in an income of about $1.50 per week for server costs. Ads with a better yield would be welcome, the site still has a good deal of traffic and a corresponding server usage.
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Gaudiya Grantha Mandira

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.granthamandira.org/
Opened
January 2001 / January 2002
Abstract
A repository of hundreds of searchable e-texts of important and often rare Sanskrit and Bengali texts that belong to the Caitanya Vaisnava tradition. Online since January 2001, I've participated since January 2002.
Md tasks
• Technical solutions
• Text input
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » Text input
Status
Active. Some functionality disabled due to outdated code since June 2006. I am working on a new site engine. The editors have kindly sent some of the incoming donations my way to support the work.

Related news:
    » Grantha Mandira redeveloped!
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
The site engine needs to be re-coded from a scratch. A new XML-based "root text format" needs to be developed. Full text search engine needs to be employed. I have a production schema for the new engine I need to start working on.
Requirements
A good deal of time. This is a project that should be given a grant for – for editing as well as development work.
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Gaudiya Kutir

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
Opened
April 2004
Abstract
Gaudiya Kutir is an organization established to further the interests of the classical alignments of the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. It has been working as an umbrella of sorts for many of my ongoing projects.
Md tasks
• President, and as such all it entails – overseeing most everything ongoing
• And doing the bulk of the work that needs to be overseen, too...
• Technical solutions for the website
Assistance
We could use more people onboard. Especially people skilled with paper work in the U.S.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Accounting and diverse paperwork
Status
Active.

Related news:
    » Newsletter revised
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Some recent staff changes are calling for a need to regroup and review future prospects as far as the organization’s existence as a legal entity (and all the paper work) is concerned.
Requirements
-
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Gaudiya Kutir Network

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.gaudiyakutir.net/
Opened
November 2006
Abstract
Gaudiya Kutir Network is an online folio and search engine for all web projects managed or supported by Gaudiya Kutir, set up to increase the public's accessibility to all our sites.
Md tasks
• Design
• Routine maintenance
• Search engine indexing
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Active.

Related news:
    » Search Plugin
    » Gaudiya Kutir Network
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Whenever there’s a new project, the page will be updated. The site is doing its job without much interference.
Requirements
-
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Gaudiya Times

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.gaudiyatimes.com/
Opened
September 2003
Abstract
A portal pooling together news from (1) our different projects, and (2) independent sources, along with good quality editorials on themes of general interest.
Md tasks
• Editor
• Technical solutions
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Site engine (mostly) completed. Beyond that, undeveloped and never launched.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.25  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Uncertain. There is merit to the concept, but we don't have the staff and I can't be the entire staff.
Requirements
Time to develop. Assistant editors to take care of day-to-day content management.
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Gaudiya.Com

Updated
Jan 21st 2007 - 11:40 GMT
Available at
Opened
August 2002
Abstract
A comprehensive introduction to Gaudiya Vaisnavism, one of my first open files. Holds #1 place at Google and Yahoo for keyword “gaudiya” since a long time.
Md tasks
• Editor, content production
• Technical implementation
Assistance
I could use help in producing the syndicated articles for gkWiki.

• Alan has been helping out with the creation of stubs.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Active and online. Functional as it is, although still wanting in some areas.

Related news:
    » Integrations
    » Essays Revisited
    » Printable Pages
Priority
0.75  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Development ongoing, bit by bit when time permits. Content for some areas will be syndicated from gkWiki in the future.

• Glossary to be completed (near future)
• Saints-section and summary biographies to be written (time permitting)
Requirements
-
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General Writing

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:46 GMT
Available at
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Opened
October 2001
Abstract
Essays on diverse subjects for diverse audiences. Specifically, good introductory essays on core Gaudiya Vaisnava themes. Books in due course of time.
Md tasks
• Research
• Writing
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing on a per-need basis.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As needed. Some pet projects, coming out as e-books in hopefully not very distant future, are works in progress in my spare time.
Requirements
Time, alas, time!
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gkWiki

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:40 GMT
Available at
http://wiki.gaudiyakutir.com/
Opened
May 2006
Abstract
Online Gaudiya Vaisnava encyclopedia built as a community endeavor, block by block, to grow into a mine of information on all facets of Gaudiya Vaisnavism.
Md tasks
• Content production
• Editor
• Research and fact checking
• Technical solutions
Assistance
It needs to be worked on by many...

Tasks you can help with:
    » Contributing and editing
Status
Online. Somewhat inactive since some months in want of time for well-researched writing fit for a site of this genre. Recently opened up for public participation.

Related news:
    » Budding pages
    » Feedback form fixed
    » gkWiki Opens for the Public
    » Opening gkWiki
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Online, and hopefully developing as people aside me contribute.

• Planned articles are listed at
http://wiki.gaudiyakutir.com/User:Madhava
Requirements
We always need more editors to participate. This is a community endeavor.
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Introductory Package

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
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Opened
September 2003
Abstract
Free introductory packages to Gaudiya Vaisnavism, to both newcomers and existing Gaudiyas, featuring a booklet, a DVD and something more.
Md tasks
• Design
• Marketing
• Writing
• Follow-up
Assistance
Sponsors needed!

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Undeveloped.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.5  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
God willing, time permitting. There is merit to this.

I am presently working on some introductory level materials that could be molded into a substantial booklet.
Requirements
Estimated package production cost ca. à $1.50 USD – the packages need to be sponsored.
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Krishna's World

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:10 GMT
Available at
http://www.gaudiya.info/
Opened
August 2006
Abstract
An entry-level introductory website on Gaudiya Vaisnavism and the worship of Krishna. Originally a translation of my parallel Finnish language site (www.krishnanmaailma.com).
Md tasks
• Editor
• Technical solutions
Assistance
• Help with website correspondence.
• If someone wants to translate from Finnish to English...

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online. Static. I don't currently unfortunately have the time to follow up on "entry level" contacts asking elementary questions.

Related news:
    » Welcome to Krishna's World!
Priority
0.6  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I have a long list of ready questions and answers in Finnish that could (one day at a future era where time is abundantly available) be translated and added to the site. Otherwise, the site serves its purpose as it is. It would bundle well with the introductory kit.
Requirements
-
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Lake of Flowers Productions

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.lakeofflowers.com/
Opened
May 2005
Abstract
One of my best known projects, offering over 100 GB and 80 hours of devotional media – festivals from Radha-kunda and discussions with sadhus – online for free download.
Md tasks
• Filming and recording festivals in Vraja
• Editing, mastering and publishing materials
• Maintaining and developing website
Assistance
• Communications (Dave)
• DVD-burning (Dave and Tarun Govinda)
• Uploading (Dave)

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Currently working on:

• Mastering some pending footage from last year for web
• Mastering footage for DVDs, designing packages
• Developing a shop for the website for the DVDs

In absence of time, much of the above has been a bit on the back-burner – particularly so since August and the subsequent migration to Radha-kunda.


Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I intend to keep working on LOF in one capacity or another for the foreseeable future, as I feel this is one of the most important projects of all things ongoing. How far LOF work is focused on will depend to a great extent on audience support and response.
Requirements
I need up-to-date hardware to be able to work properly with video.

• Laptop with sufficient punch for multimedia work: ~1500€. (I am currently on Celeron M 1.3 GHz / 512 MB, which is something very different from what I ought to be having for full productivity)
• More storage space (raw DV-video takes 13 GB/h) as 500GB disks: ~200€ each.
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Language Studies

Updated
Jan 1st 1970 - 00:00 GMT
Available at
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Opened
January 2002
Abstract
My language studies work as a foundation for a great deal of projects: Bhasa.Net, Gaudiya Grantha Mandira and Padavali Database to name a few. Current focus on Bengali, followed by more systematic study of Sanskrit and Hindi in due course of time.
Md tasks
• Studying
• Making organized notes
Assistance
You are cordially invited to visit Bhasa.Net and participate in the discussions – you'll find me coming up with questions every so often.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing. Preparing some materials from my study notes for Bhasa.Net.

Related news:
    » Collecting Bengali vocabulary by theme
Priority
1  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Until I know the language perfectly? Some notes, if I have the patience to keep collecting and organizing, may eventually mature into publications. Devotional study materials of Bengali are something I'd like to see developed.
Requirements
-
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Madhavananda.com

Updated
Feb 24th 2007 - 15:05 GMT
Available at
Opened
January 2007
Abstract
Madhavananda.com is the project index you are currently reading, a portal to access all projects I have open files on and am working on in one capacity or another. This file also hosts general news entries.
Md tasks
• Updating projects, news and assistance task listings to reflect the actual work situation.
Assistance
Not with the index, but with all things listed in the index...

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Priority
0.9  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As long as there's one project out there ongoing, so long it exists...
Requirements
-
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Madrasi Baba's Memorial Site

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:10 GMT
Available at
http://www.madrasibaba.org/
Opened
January 2002
Abstract
Memorial website for Sri Krishna Das Madrasi Baba, content produced by Karunamayi Das and Dasi.
Md tasks
• Design
• Administration
Assistance
Karunamayi kindly contributes on occasion for the site maintenance.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Active.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.75  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Ongoing. Some updates pending.
Requirements
-
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Miscellaneous Research

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
October 2001
Abstract
Poring over literature and inquiring from saints and pandits on topics people ask questions on.

I would love to see more questions of essential nature coming up, for acting as a consultant in satisfying people's curiosities isn't very fulfilling. Questions must have a progressive aim in devotion.
Md tasks
• Fusing my brain
Assistance
• If anyone'd like to answer all those questions on my behalf...

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
When questions are finished, the work is over.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Ongoing.
Requirements
Spare time.
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Padavali Database

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:09 GMT
Available at
http://www.padavali.com/
Opened
January 2007
Abstract
The Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition is immensely rich in its poetic heritage. The bulk of this treasure is hidden away in old Bengali books, yet to be discovered by the Western audience... Padavali Database is to become the collection of poetry over time.

Studying and relishing padavali poetry is close to my heart. Even if no-one ever visited the site, I would keep doing this for my own joy and relish.
Md tasks
• Editor
• Technical solutions
Assistance
Community participation in typing in padas.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Alpha version of the system is currently being tested.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
1  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
To be released by the end of January under Bhasa.Net resources.
Requirements
-
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Panjika Localization

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:31 GMT
Available at
http://www.vilasakunja.com/index.php?showforum=16
Opened
March 2003
Abstract
Raghunatha Das Gosvami's Vrata-nirnaya-panjika is the Vaisnava calendar of choice, widely popular in Vraja. Unfortunately, it is only localized for Vrindavan. The object of the project is automated production of localized calendars with traditional celebrations.
Md tasks
• Consulting the original calendar
• Software development
Assistance
People who know more about panjikas would be a great help as a matter of consultation.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
I've been typing in the main events in the calendar and posting them to Vilasa Kunja under the Media Resources section. Beyond that, the project exists as a concept.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.4  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I don't really know when I'd have the time to develop this, as the project would involve a great deal of work, and I remain uncertain over the demand. Those who are more tuned in to the day-to-day events of the calendar – tithis, sunrises and so forth – seem to fo the most part have access to the original and be able to work it out for themselves.
Requirements
-
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Phone Conferences

Updated
Jan 21st 2007 - 05:43 GMT
Available at
http://www.vilasakunja.com/index.php?showtopic=549
Opened
January 2007
Abstract
The Western traditional Gaudiya community is scattered across the globe. E-mail and online forums are often practically the only form of association they get. Yet, the written medium is so limited. There is nothing like personal contact with others, but voice is one step upward from text, carrying much more import. Regular phone conferences should be there to keep devotees in touch with each other and to facilitate a deepening of relationships.
Md tasks
• Participation
Assistance
People to host conferences – my internet connection is barely good enough to be a participant.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
In development. Please stay around at the Vilasa Kunja forums for more information – that's where things happen community-wise.

Related news:
    » Phone conferences planned
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Is bright...
Requirements
Technical solutions need to be looked into.
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Private

Updated
Jan 17th 2007 - 19:57 GMT
Available at
Radha-kunda
Opened
January 2002
Abstract
Projects and services that are going on, but are for one reason or another not something I would want to put out before the large public at this point. The curious may come to Vraja and see for themselves.
Md tasks
Various.
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
1  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
chAdiyA vaiSNava sevA nistAra pAyeche kebA?
Requirements
-
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Project Support

Updated
Jan 19th 2007 - 20:27 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
January 2004
Abstract
Some friends and fellow Vaisnavas have their own projects to tend to, and are in need of a helping hand every so often.

Specifically, we have "Independent Projects" hosted by Gaudiya Kutir, to which we offer support in a number of different ways, ranging from technical support to media production and translation work.
Md tasks
• Diverse
Assistance
Make yourself available and list your skills for record, I'll get in touch when something matching your abilities comes up.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing, albeit with a priority a bit on the lower side due to absence of time.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.6  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Per need basis.
Requirements
-
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Raganuga.Com

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.raganuga.com/
Opened
January 2002
Abstract
Raganuga.Com was the first substantial content resource featuring media and writings on traditional Gaudiya Vaisnavism and raganuga-bhakti. Much of the credit goes to Advaita Das for providing the bulk of the content.
Md tasks
• None at present.
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
The site is currently at a stand-still, and has been so for a good while. Archived.

Related news:
    » Media links fixed
Priority
0.2  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Maintained as is. I don't presently have any insights over how it could possibly be developed in the future.
Requirements
-
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Raganuga.Org

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:52 GMT
Available at
http://www.raganuga.org/
Opened
October 2001
Abstract
The first of the lot, Raganuga.Org has gone through many incarnations. The core of the site has always been introductory content on raganuga-bhakti. The site also once hosted the Raganuga Discussions forum that was to later become Gaudiya Discussions.
Md tasks
• Providing content
• Technical solutions
Assistance
Once the materials are re-written, I could use an editor and a proofreader for going over the texts.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Currently not much happening, it's been the way it is for a year or two now.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.7  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I have a new layout and some revised text materials sitting in my laptop's dev folder, waiting for a day I'll find the focus to polish and expand the text.
Requirements
-
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Sadhana Diary

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 18:57 GMT
Available at
http://www.sadhanadiary.com/
Opened
July 2006 / Undeveloped
Abstract
A community portal aimed at guiding the public forward on the path of sadhana. The site will have a base section of informational and inspirational tips and tricks, a section for articles by other sadhakas, and a member portal where members of the public can register, keep their diaries and interact with others.
Md tasks
• Editor
• Technical solutions
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Undeveloped. The concept is good, but the development and marketing time are sorely lacking. May find some synergy with the Sadhana Manual project in due course.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.2  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Uncertain.
Requirements
-
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Sadhana Manual

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:07 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
October 2005
Abstract
There are a fair number of contemporary or near-contemporary works, Manohara-bhajana-dipika perhaps the most popular of the lot, serving as sadhana reference manuals. There is, however, nothing that'd fit our purpose in English – and the corresponding Bengali works also tend to not be that precise, detailed or focused. Therefore, a definitive sadhana manual is a work in progress.
Md tasks
• Editing
• Research
• Translation
Assistance
• Editing and proofreading, once we get that far.

Gary has been helping with Sanskrit for some sections of the work.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
A work in progress. Some sections have been shared here and there across the cyberspace.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
1  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Date of completion is uncertain – when it's done it's done. It'll be freely available as an e-text, and ideally we'd also like to see someone sponsor the printing to be able to give out hard copies for free. Vaisnavas have explicitly emphasized to me that the work be made available without cost for the benefit of all.
Requirements
-
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Server Administration

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:16 GMT
Available at
http://system.gaudiya.com/
Opened
October 2004
Abstract
We need to keep all these websites somewhere, eh? Seeing that the system runs as intended and that everything says online and available is also a part of the project.
Md tasks
• Diverse system administration tasks
Assistance
• Dave has been helping with admin work every so often.
• Braja Gopal extended his generosity by hosting our projects for free for two years on a spare server his company had.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
If you can read this, the status is good.

Related news:
    » Feedback form abuses
    » Addressing server issues
    » Server Move
Priority
0.95  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
There's no way over or around it, no matter how much we love getting our hands dirty when things break down. Gah...
Requirements
-
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Software Development

Updated
Jan 16th 2007 - 11:42 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
January 2007
Abstract
Diverse utilities come in handy. An example is the diCrunch diacritic converter tool. There are plenty of ideas in stock, there's no doubt about that. I don't have the skills to code much beyond PHP/MySQL based web applications, and don't have the time to start studying much more.
Md tasks
• Coding
Assistance
Yes please – get in touch and list your skills. Especially interested in Windows API programmers.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Software development help
Status
On a per need basis, though on low priority unless a specific pressing need comes up.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.5  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As required.
Requirements
-
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Sri Krishna Caitanya Sastra Mandira

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 20:05 GMT
Available at
http://www.krishnacaitanya.com/
Opened
April 2003
Abstract
Presently led by Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja, the asrama founded by Sri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaja on the bank of Radha-kunda is committed to publishing translations of and commentaries on important works on Gaudiya Vaisnava practice and theology.

This entry is for the SKCSM website I maintain, featuring publication catalogs and other related information.
Md tasks
• Design
• E-books
• Technical solutions
Assistance
Dave has been looking into the e-book issue.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online without much happening as of late.

Related news:
    » Bengali and Hindi publications
Priority
0.65  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Releasing e-books is in plans for the future. When exactly it'll happen, I couldn't say.

I need to put out the Bengali and Hindi book catalogs.
Requirements
-
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Study Groups

Updated
Jan 15th 2007 - 11:29 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
April 2005
Abstract
Back in the days of Gaudiya Discussions, we had a study group called Nimai's Garden. At Vilasa Kunja, we have (the setup for) a study group.

The problem with online study groups seems to be lack of sustained participation. Low priority for now – will revisit this if interest grows.
Md tasks
• Answering questions
• Researching
• Preparing study materials
Assistance
Yes, we could use study group leaders.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Nothing ongoing, the framework for studies is in place.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.5  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
If the interest is there, and if I find the time for this.
Requirements
-
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Transcripts

Updated
Jan 15th 2007 - 11:17 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
February 2002
Abstract
There's a lot of recorded material that would be very useful in a text format, both for reading and in subtitling videos. Audio needs to be transcribed.
Md tasks
• Transcribing some content for the Lake of Flowers series.
• Proofreading transcripts against originals.
Assistance
There's plenty of work to be done, and I don't have the time for it...

Tasks you can help with:
    » Baba's Teachings - Video series
    » Transcribing translations of Baba's classes
Status
Ongoing whenever people participate or there's something particular I need to transcribe for some purpose.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.5  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Whenever.
Requirements
People who participate and follow up after volunteering.
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Translation

Updated
Feb 3rd 2007 - 18:23 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
Jan 2003
Abstract
Many Vaisnavas – Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja as the eminent among them – have requested me to work towards translating Gaudiya Vaisnava literature for an English speaking audience.

A great many titles of interest are there, yet to see daylight as English editions. My Bengali skills are coming to a level where producing fair translations is a reality, improving by the day.
Md tasks
• Translation
Assistance
• People skilled in Bengali or Sanskrit for proofreading against originals.
• See Book Publications for editing English and so forth.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Translation help
Status
Currently working on:

• Sri Ananta Das Babaji's Bhakti-tattva-vijnana
• Sri Narottama Das Thakur's Prarthana
• Miscellaneous padavali

Priority increased to 0.85 as of February 1st.

Related news:
    » Bhakti-tattva-vijnana
    » Gaudiya Vaisnava Jivana
Priority
0.85  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
I'd like to work on Gutika. A friend has asked me to work on some biographical materials by Haridas Dasji.
Requirements
Translating takes substantial amounts of time, and we all know what helps in arranging for time.
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Transliteration

Updated
Mar 6th 2007 - 02:31 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
January 2002
Abstract
There's no end to text to be transliterated.

Some texts need to be transliterated for including in our publications, some for quick reference in editing and verifying translations, and some for research and archival purposes.

Much of what's transliterated will also become openly available.
Md tasks
• Transliterating Bengali or Devanagari texts
Assistance
Yes, we could certainly use some!

Please also see the GGM and Padavali entries for more avenues for transliteration.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Transliterating Babaji Maharaja's books
    » Transliteration help
Status
Ongoing:

• Babaji Maharaja's works.
• Prarthana with alternate readings.
• Poems for the Padavali-project.


Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As needed.
Requirements
Please read the Transliteration help item under this entry for more information.
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Vilasa Kunja

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:25 GMT
Available at
http://www.vilasakunja.net
Opened
March 2005
Abstract
Sacred and peaceful corners for conversation are few and far in between on the Internet, the Wild West of communications. Vilasa Kunja is one such oasis, a community-centered arena of religious discussions, also hosting a questions & answers column on Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

Initially started as a closed forum for Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja's disciples, its scope was broadened to accommodate the needs of the broader Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition after the closure of Gaudiya Discussions.
Md tasks
• Administration and moderation
• Questions and Answers column
• Occasional posting
Assistance
• Dave and Rasaraja are moderators. Not that there's much to moderate!

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online and active. I don't presently have the time to try and actively generate discussions, but certainly don't mind participating when something worthwhile comes up.

Related news:
    » Moving to Vilasakunja.Net
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As it is, nothing special in plans.
Requirements
-
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Vraja Journal

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:33 GMT
Available at
Opened
October 2004
Abstract
A pilgrim's journal, featuring news and photography from Vraja, the sacred land of Radha and Krishna, with diverse reflections on Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta and sadhana-practice.

The site also features some important project updates under the Ongoing section.
Md tasks
• Photography
• Writing
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online and active after a period of silence.

Related news:
    » Comment feature
    » E-mail Digest
    » Journal Returns
Priority
0.9  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Will keep on going with the present pace of posting for the foreseeable future.
Requirements
-
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Vrindavan Art

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:36 GMT
Available at
Opened
August 2004
Abstract
An exhibit of art displaying the sweet pastimes of Radha and Krishna in Vraja, paintings by Vrindavan Das, a friend of mine.
Md tasks
• Updates whenever new art comes out
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Online, static.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.5  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
As it is.
Requirements
-
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Website Updates

Updated
Jan 16th 2007 - 11:47 GMT
Available at
-
Opened
January 2002
Abstract
There are a whole lot of websites I've produced over the years. Many of them need to be routinely updated with new content.
Md tasks
• Routine updates
Assistance
There are many tasks others are equally fit for doing, and that'd be one thing off my shoulders.

Tasks you can help with:
    » Spotting dead links and other problems
    » Update help
Status
Ongoing.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Well, they need to be updated...
Requirements
-
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Wise Wisdoms Podcast

Updated
Jan 14th 2007 - 19:29 GMT
Available at
http://www.wisewisdoms.com/
Opened
January 2002 / Undeveloped
Abstract
The site has gone through many incarnations. In its early days, it had some introductory content that eventually vanished in the cyberspace and was never recovered or recreated. Then, it hosted some projects under subdomains. Then, there was a plan to make a podcasting site with regular classes. Then...
Md tasks
• None at present.
Assistance
-

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Work suspended.

Related news:
    » None currently listed.
Priority
0  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
The domain is scheduled to expire on Jan 22th 2007.
Requirements
-
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XHK Standard

Updated
Jan 17th 2007 - 21:08 GMT
Available at
http://wiki.gaudiyakutir.com/XHK
Opened
September 2005
Abstract
XHK is an acronym for eXtended Harvard-Kyoto. XHK is an extension for the popular Harvard-Kyoto transliteration system, developed to better accommodate transliteration of Bengali script.

The standard is accompanied with XIAST, the corresponding extensions to IAST, the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration, that on its own is slightly insufficient for the exact duplication of the full range of the Bengali alphabet.
Md tasks
• Standard development
• Producing related tools
Assistance
The community has been helpful in online discussions related to the development.

Tasks you can help with:
    » None currently listed.
Status
Ongoing as needed.

Related news:
    » XHK v1.20 released
    » Further extensions to XHK
Priority
0.8  ·  Rate this project: Recommend priority.
Future
Should there be future developments in transliteration systems or something amiss in XHK, they would be looked into.
Requirements
-
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