Seven years of intense efforts
Talking about the seven-year efforts of digital conversation, he mentioned the team members – Purvin Desai, Anurag Jhaveri, Dakshesh Patel, Laxman Galsar, Jyoti Dhandhukia, Kalpesh Patadia, Stella Christian, Honey Shah, and Alka Mehta. They worked eight hours a day on the digitization project. The arduous work was also laden with challenges. Creation of tables, creation of small boxes, representing chemistry symbols and mathematical equations, settling on fonts , and orchestrating everything, etc. But traversing all the difficulties and after seven years, 25,000 articles comprising of 8,360 on arts, 8,083 scientific, and 7,640 social sciences articles were digitized. There are 7,647 short biographies, 5,063 long articles, 2046 translated articles, 12,000 illustrations made available online with a word count of 17,350,000. It is an admirable attempt to bring knowledge of every subject or issue in the Gujarati language. A special emphasis has been given to highlighting the Gujarati language, literature, culture, historic figures, institutions, and achievements of Gujaratis in various fields. You can find Shri Umashankar Joshi, P. L. Deshpande, Satyajit Ray, and Shakespeare on these pages. Vast subjects like Ayurveda, Vastu Shastra, plant diseases, radars, and information on frogs can be obtained through these articles. For the very first time, these and many such subjects are covered in Gujarati language and made available in one place in Gujarati. To avail the vast ocean of knowledge in Gujarati, all one needs to do is go to www.gujarativishwakosh.org. One can search by topics, personalities, or articles. In addition to covering all these subjects, constant updating and upgrading are underway. The website facilitates installing of Gujarati font on your electronic device be it an Android or Apple device.