Caspiana: A Digital Toolbox for Students and Scholars of Central Asia and South Caucasus is the latest digital resource produced by the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.
The toolbox covers eight countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) across four thematic sections (media, governance, statistics, and academic resources).
“The strength of Caspiana is its many local sources, which other resources don’t always provide. The toolbox contains information directly from the countries, compiled by researchers who are familiar with the regions and read the languages.”
Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia
“The strength of Caspiana is its many local sources, which other resources don’t always provide,” said Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia. “The toolbox contains information directly from the countries, compiled by researchers who are familiar with the regions and read the languages.”
To create Caspiana, researchers in the region collected data and compiled information including links to media sources, government databases, study abroad options, language resources, digital projects, digital archives, GIS data, and journals.
The project began after undergraduate and graduate students expressed difficulty finding timely and credible resources on the two regions. The goal of the project was to gather comprehensive, country-specific resources on a user-friendly website.
The project team invites recommendations for additions to the database and suggestions for future content.