Digitization Working Group

The Digitization Working Group is a standing body of the South Asia Open Archives, reporting to the SAOA Executive Board and working in close consultation with the Program Manager, the Infrastructure Working Group, and the Funding Working Group.

Members of the Digitization Working Group:

Aruna Magier, New York University (Chair)

Deepa Banerjee, University of Washington

Abhijit Bhattacharya, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Gary Hausman, Columbia University

Jeffrey Martin, University of Michigan

Gautham Reddy, Emory University


The Digitization Working Group provides recommendations to the Executive Board on all matters associated with SAOA’s core mission of digitizing resources for open access. These include, but are not limited to, selection of titles for inclusion, approaches to copyright clearance for titles, consultation with the Infrastructure Working Group regarding all technical specifications and standards (for example, digitization or metadata), and contracting digitization work along with the creation of associated metadata.


The Digitization Working Group contributes to one of the most central components of the SAOA. It participates in shaping the vision of SAOA as the project grows and develops over time.


The Digitization Working Group is composed of at least three members from SAOA member institutions appointed by the Executive Board. At least one member will be from the Executive Board and that member will chair the Working Group. The SAOA Project Manager participates in meetings of the Working Group. The term of service on the Working Group, other than for the chair, will be one year to encourage broad participation over time by SAOA member institutions.

Tasks, Timelines, and Deliverables:

Tasks, timelines, and deliverables for the Working Group will typically be recommended by the Executive Board. The Working Group may also propose tasks within its purpose that contribute to the SAOA mission.


The Digitization Working Group will report to the Executive Board at least quarterly and more often if requested. The Executive Board will be responsible for reporting recommendations by the Working Group to the SAOA membership.

Approved by the OAi Executive Board on May 26, 2016

Featured: Kaiser-I-Hind

Founded in 1882 in Bombay, Kaiser-I-Hind was the voice of the fledgling Indian National Congress and the Parsi community in the 19th and 20th centuries and is now available in the World Newspaper Archive’s new South Asian module.