About 21,362 photographs were generated, most of them in black & white, and a substantial number in colour, by amateur photographers. At an early stage of our project in March 1985 we decided to transfer the data to a computer. We were subsequently able to develop probably the first software in the country-and one of the first in the world-in ethnography, in close collaboration with the National Informatics Centre. After May 1988 we started transferring the quantitative data collected in computer format to floppies. Simultaneously, the transfer of descriptive data (abstracts etc.) onto the computer also started at almost all the regional centres. We succeeded in computerizing an enormous mass of data and also in producing the first results of univariate analysis, by March 1990. The descriptive material, running into 120 manuscript volumes, and the quantitative data contained in 257 diskettes, were released on 1 October 1990 by Sri Chimanbhai Mehta, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, in the presence of a distinguished audience in Delhi for use by scholars at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, and at eight regional centres of the A.S.I. The phase of more elaborate analysis started in July 1991, in collaboration with the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. This resulted in a voluminous output of analysed data, which have been presented in a comprehensive matrix consisting of the four categories of populations, the constitutional, religious, occupational and locational. These sets of data, together with a map were released by Shri Arjun Singh, Minister of Human Resource Development, on 24 December 1991. The last workshop on the People of India project was held at the Indian Institute of Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, where the preliminary results of the analysis presented by the A.S.I. were discussed by distinguished scholars. It should be noted that the study of the communities has been inducted in 3581 villages and 1011 towns situated in 421 districts of the states and union territories of India. The information was collected from about 25,000 informants by our scholars, 500 of them over the period 1985 to 1992. Therefore, the observations relate to this limited time frame and to the universe of the ethnographic project titled People or India.