Update: ISHAR was subsequently renamed the Chopra Library for Integrative Studies & Whole Health. Then early 2020 Alice Walton announced that it would be incorporated into the new Whole Health Institute and the ISHAR site was taken down. I's not clear when this integration will happen; as of Mar 2, 2022 there's no sign of it on the WHI website.
The Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository (ISHAR) is a new initiative of the Chopra Foundation which aims to collect all cultural and scientific knowledge on integrative medicine and consciousness studies, for the purpose of research, education and academic referencing. They've already assembled over 25,000 references to relevant papers and other sources... and that number grows daily. If you're involved professionally or academically in integrative medicine or consciousness studies, you can help further this effort.
One of the most useful functions of ISHAR is as a one-stop reference library for hundreds of Integrative Studies topics. To that end, all sources on ISHAR are designed to automatically compile a bibliographic citation so any writer can copy/paste the reference into their research paper, website or other publication with two clicks.
As a reference library ISHAR is not in opposition or competition with Wikipedia, but is designed to be complementary to its encyclopedic intent. ISHAR’s tens of thousands of sources are all designed to be easily formatted into Wikipedia references, enabling users to contribute more fully and meaningfully in discussions about the sources behind Integrative Studies on Wikipedia, the world's most powerful and influential database. The beautiful aspect of Wikipedia is that it can be edited by anyone in the world, but there are very strict rules about what can be said or claimed there. On Wikipedia content must be neutrally phrased, relevant to the article and thoroughly cited. For medical topics users should review Wikipedia's special guidelines.
There's hundreds if not thousands of topics that fall under Integrative Studies, and we are full aware that the selection covered in our current library is only a tiny percentage of that information. We need your help to point us in the right direction.
Help us do something that's never been done before, and be a part of making history!