Mandala comprises is a suite of digital tools used for for storing, organizing, and publishing collections of scholarly media, media which then can be interrelated and cataloged by subject and place. Mandala is much like Ecology, the study of relationships of organisms to each other and to their environment. SHANTI created the Mandala Project for collections of digitized media which would have essentially three parts:
- Mandala Suite of Tools is the environment
- The media content created by scholars using these digital tools are the organisms that live within this environment
- The Knowledge Maps application is the glue that allows everything to interact with everything else
Mandala makes it possible for scholars to create this sophisticated content without needing special grants or much programming assistance. Scholars of all skill-levels can easily create rich collections that include many types of media, such as videos, charts, essays, network graphs, and much more. Using Mandala is simple.
of scholarly content. Each asset in the suite can be catalogued with Knowledge Map terms, which allow assets to be indexed, searched, and interrelated across the entire Mandala suite. KMap terms, in effect, are special labels or tags in a hierarchical tree context. There are two types of Knowledge Map terms: subjects and places.
Mandala lets scholars create and manage a variety of types of scholarly content in a sophisticated way without the necessity of building a collection from scratch. Its indexing and search functionality does the work of locating and collating similar assets across a wide variety of management tools.
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