Digital Libraries:the process, initiatives and developmental issues in India By Sudesh Kumar Sood Chief Librarian, H.P. Central State Library, Solan (H.P) firstname.lastname@example.org
Features• A digital library may allow either online or offline access to the elements it organizes and houses.• May include multimedia as well as multilingual data.
Objectives and Workflow• Enhance the digital collection in a substantial way.• Embrace popular digital standards , formats and software platforms.• Emphasis on maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the information access• Standard workflow patterns are to be identified for the system for: ‘content selection’, ‘content acquisition’, ‘ content publishing’, ‘content indexing and storage’, and ‘content accessing and delivery’.• The system should also concern about such related issues, – preservation, usage monitoring, access management, interoperability, administration and management etc.
Meta-data Standards and Protocols• Metadata, or “data about data,” is a critical element for searching information through a database• A major governing body of the Web has developed de facto standards including RDF• At present, digital library initiatives in India make use of – Dublin Core for web-based publications, – Encoded Archival Description (EAD) for archiving and Visual Resources Association (VRA) for visual data. – Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI_PMH) to automatically extract metadata information from digital libraries and enhance interoperability between systems.
Selection of the Software• It should be robust in technical architecture as well as the content architecture.• The system should address all major digital library related issues such as ‘design criteria’, ‘collection building’, ‘content organization’, ‘access’, ‘evaluation’, ‘policy and legal issues’ including ‘intellectual property rights’.• The system should also provide a powerful search engine and the interface should be easy to navigate and there should be provision for customization.
• There are many digital library soft wares available, proprietary as well as open source, and most of them conform to international standards.• VTLS and ACADO are the commercial ones available and popular in the Indian market.• Some of the popular Open Source Software for digital libraries, which are in use internationally, are ‘DSpace’, ‘Dienst’, ‘Eprints’, ‘Fedora’, ‘Greenstone’ etc.
Some Initiatives of India• Institutional Repositories• Open Courseware Initiatives• Open Access Journals• Metadata Harvesting Services• and Others
Digital Repositories in India• Institutional repository (IR) systems by libraries, using • Greenstone • Dspace • EPrints• Some open access repositories are specially created to disseminate intellectual outputs of the country in the form of electronic theses and dissertations • Vidyanidhi • ETD@IISc.• Other national level open access repositories provide all kinds of scholarly materials on particular discipline. • The OpenMED@NIC • Librarians Digital Library
Some of such repositories are:• Digital Repository of IIT Bomaby• DRS@ino (National Institute of Oceanography)• DSpace@NITR (National Institute of Technology, Rourkela)• DSpace@MDI (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode)• DSpace at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune• DSpace@INFLIBNET• Digital Collections@INFLIBNET Centre• ePrints@SVNIT (Sardar Vallabhbai National Institute of Technology)• eGyanKosh (IGNOU)• ePrints@IIT Delhi
• ePrints@IISc• ePrints@Catalysis (National Centre for Catalysis Research)• ePrings@SBTMKU (School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamraj University)• Indian Institute of Astrophysics Repository• National Aerospace Laboratories• Kautilya Digital Repository of IGIDR (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai)• NISCAIR Online Periodicals Repository• OpenMED@NIC (Medical)• NISCAIR Online Periodicals Repository• RRI Digital Repository (Raman Research Institute Digital Repository)
Open Courseware Initiatives• CEC Learning Object Repository • www.cec-lor.edu.in• eGyankosh A National Digital Repository • www.egyankosh.ac.in• Indo-German eGurukul on Digital Libraries • http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/mmb/• National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) • www.nptel.iitm.ac.in• NCERT Online Textbooks • www.ncert.nic.in/textbooks/testing/Index.htm• UNESCO-SALIS e-Learning Portal • http://salisonline.org
Open Access Journals• e-Journals @ INSA • www.insa.ac.in• Indian Academy of Sciences published Open Access Journals • www.ias.ac.in/pubs/journals/• IndianJournals.Com hosted Open Access Journals • www.indianjournals.com• Kamla-Raj Enterprises published Open Access Journals • www.krepublishers.com/KRENew- J/index.html• MEDIND@NIC: Biomedical Journals from India • http://medind.nic.in
Metadata Harvesting Services• Cross Archive Search Service for Indian Repositories (CASSIR) • http://casin.ncsi.iisc.ernet.in/oai/• Open Index Initiative • http://oii.igidr.ac.in• Open J-Gate • www.openj-gate.com• Scientific Journal Publishing in India: Indexing and Online Management (SJPI) • http://sjpi.ncsi.iisc.ernet.in/• Search Digital Libraries (SDL) • http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/sdl/
Other Digital Libraries• Archives of Indian Labour: Integrated Labour History Research Programme • www.indialabourarchives.org• Child Trafficking Digital Library • www.ChildTrafficking.com• CSIR Explorations • http://csirexplorations.com/• Cultural Heritage Digital Library in Hindi • http://mobilelibrary.cdacnoida.in• Digital e-Library (Dware Dware Gyan Sampadaa/Providing Books at Your Doorsteps) • www.new.dli.ernet.in• Digital Library of India • http://dli.iiit.ac.in• India Education Digital Library • www.edudl.gov.in
• Kalasampada: Digital Library Resources of Indian Cultural Heritage (DL-RICH) • www.ignca.nic.in/dlrich.html• Muktabodha: Digital Library and Archiving Project• www.muktabodhalib.org/digital_library.htm• Traditional Knowledge Digital Library• www.tkdl.res.in• Vidyanidhi www.vidyanidhi.org.in• Vigyan Prasar Digital Library• www.vigyanprasar.gov.in/digilib/
Digital library development issues in India• Lack of proper Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure• Lack of Proper Planning and Integration of Information Resources• Rigidity in the publishers’ policies and data formats• Lack of ICT Strategies and Policies• Lack of Technical Skills• Management Support• Copyright / IPR Issues
Conclusion• The effect of focused capacity building programmers in the areas of digital preservation, digital libraries and open access to literature is encouraging in a country like India, where significant proliferation of open access and digital library initiatives have been achieved in the last decade, which has seen fantastic accomplishments and the future presents exciting possibilities and challenges. The key to commitment and development in this field lies in the sensitization of stakeholders as which has been done in India, in order to achieve that paradigm shift in universal access to information, knowledge and heritage
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