In 1957, when it was proposed, cataloging the thousands of “oriental” manuscripts scattered throughout Germany seemed an almost impossible feat, but the mammoth project may come to a successful end in 2022 if all goes well.
The Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections (KOHD) will contain details of "previously unregistered manuscripts in scripts and languages of Asia, the Middle East and Africa."
The project has been funded by Germany's federal and state governments, but funding is scheduled to end in 2015 before the work has been completed. A seven-year plan to complete the project has been submitted to the government with hopes of continued funding. So far, no plans have been made to digitize the manuscripts in the catalog, which belong to many different agencies.