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An Evaluative Study of Some Selected Libraries in India Undergoing the Process of Digitization

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Das, Anup Kumar
Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9386
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): digital libraries
information technology
open access
Abstract: "Digitization of collections enables wide dissemination of content from our documentary heritage and increases access to rare documents and current research literature in library collections. Indian digitization initiatives have produced a vast amount of digitized documents. They are made accessible through intranets or Internet channels. However, maintaining an Internet-based online digital library system has several problems such as availability of web server for 24X7 timeframe, robust broadband connectivity, efficient retrieval engine, ownership of digitized documents, etc. This study address such issues affecting Indian initiatives. It also documents the digitization and digital preservation practices by many national and institutional initiatives. The study gives special reference to India’s largest digitization initiatives – Digital Library of India, theses and dissertations in universities, heritage items of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, National Mission for Manuscripts, and digitization of Indian journal collections. The study found that many Indian institutions have established a defined path of capacity, competency and capability development in digitization of documentary heritage. They have secured support from concerned stakeholders, parent bodies and various funding agencies. While multi-stakeholder participation is secured in digitization projects, self-sustainability of the project was also ensured. Every information system project has a life cycle. After completion of digitization project and establishment of an online or intranet-based retrieval system, normally digitization work gets discontinued. Information retrieval system needs to be continued to achieve project goals and objectives, and to serve the target audiences on long-term basis. Institutional support is also necessary for self-sustainability of such projects. Open Access to knowledge and information proves to be an efficient diffusion model for scholarly literature. Study observed that some Indian projects have established Open Access repositories at institutional or national level for worldwide dissemination of information. These repositories enhance international visibility of India’s research output."

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