International digital library of artifacts inscribed with cuneiform writing

The mission of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) is to collect, preserve and make available images, text and metadata of all artifacts inscribed with the cuneiform script. It is the sole project with this mission and we estimate that our 335,000 catalogue entries cover some two-thirds of all sources in collections around the world. Our data are available publicly at and our audiences comprise primarily scholars and students, but with growing numbers of informal learners.

At the heart of cdli is a group of developers, language scientists, machine learning engineers, and cuneiform specialists who develop software infrastructure to process and analyze curated data. To this effect, we are actively developing two projects: Framework Update and Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages As part of these projects we are building a natural language processing platform to empower specialists of ancient languages for undertaking automated annotation and translation of Sumerian language texts thus enabling data driven study of languages, culture, history, economy and politics of the ancient Near Eastern civilizations. As part of this platform we are focusing on data standardization using Linked Open Data to foster best practices in data exchange and integration with other digital humanities and computational philology projects.

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Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) 2021 Projects

  • Mustafa Dhar
    3D Viewer Integration
    This project is to load 3D Models in PLY format from the CDLI database into the existing 3D Model Web Viewer using the Three.js library. The idea is...
  • Aradhana Kund
    This project aims to unify the complete styling of the website using minimal space and complexity. Also, it aims to improve the designing of certain...
  • Somil Jain
    Design Challenge
    The Project includes : Designing and Implementing the Admin dashboard. Merging Admin and public templates following the WCAG norms. Adding...
  • daksh
    Digital Library Management
    This project is about preparing a dashboard that can show an admin the visual assets of the digital library for each artifact but also add, edit,...
  • Yashraj Desai
    Discovery Search and Advanced Search features
    The project mainly focuses on enhancing the search and advanced search features in the CDLI framework. The objectives of the project are : Add the...
  • Apoorva
    Journals Open Review Workflow and Integration
    This project focuses on the CDLI journal workflow before we submit an article. Before the submission of journals it should be accessible for an open...
  • Vishv Kakadiya
    Transliterations editor and API
    JTF is a new JSON-based format for transliterations that aims to make cuneiform textual data easily accessible for processing and modifications. It...