e-Encyclopaedia on Indian traditional medical knowledge

In a government office in the Indian capital, Delhi, some 100 doctors, practitioners of ayurveda, unani and siddha, ancient Indian medical systems, are hunched over computers poring over ancient medical texts and keying in information. With help from software engineers and patent examiners, they are putting together a 30-million-page electronic encyclopaedia of India’s traditional medical knowledge, the first of its kind in the world. The $2m project, christened Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, will roll out an encyclopaedia of the country’s traditional medicine in five languages – English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish – in an effort to stop people from claiming them as their own and patenting them.

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