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National Digital Library

Background

Libraries are the storehouse of knowledge as they maintain the book and other knowledge resource available - mostly in printed form. However, with the advent of digital technology and Internet connectivity, the library scenario is changing fast. Digital technology, Internet connectivity and physical content can be dovetailed resulting in Digital Library. Data available in physical form has been preserved digitally in Digital Library. Digital Libraries have the ability to enhance access to information and knowledge. They also Bridge barriers of time and space.
In the past initiatives have been taken by different Ministries / Departments / organizations for digitizing and preserving data available in physical form. However, this activity has been restricted mostly in the area of the work / interest of the organization.

Department of Information Technology too has in the past, supported projects in the area of Digital Library Initiatives. The initiatives have been essentially of two types:

  • Setting up of Mega Centers  and Scanning Centers in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Carnegie Melon University, USA :
    Under the collaborative Programme, scanners for these centers were provided by Carnegie Melon University, USA, under Million Book Universal Digital Library Programme. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is coordinating this Programme under the guidance of Professor N. Balakrishnan, Associate Director. The digital data generated by these scanning centers under this activity is web enabled on“ Digital Library of India“ web site http://www.new.dli.ernet.in . This site in addition to above scanning centers, has data from other scanning centers too that were supported by IISc., Bangalore/CMU, USA .
  • Digitization with support from Department of Information Technology

The details of the projects are given below: 

List of Projects and Current Status including Achievements:

Sl. No. Name of Project and Implementing Agency Objectives and deliverables of the Project Status of the Project
1 Establishment of Digital Library of India by ERNET India
  • Make Collaborative arrangement between institutions in India and US to digitize around a million books
  • Contain different type of content both of technical literature and art
  • Facilitate easy access and optimize the bandwidth (both domestic and International)
  • Set up servers at 13 nodal centers and Link the nodal centers on the ERNET India's backbone for making available digital books accessible for anyone on the net.
Project Completed.
Installed servers at 13 Nodal centers. Provided the connectivity to 6 nodal centers i.e. internet bandwidth of 2 Mbps to SERC, IISc., Bangalore, IIIT, Hyderabad, I Mbps to IIIT, Allahabad , 512 Kbps to C-DAC, Noida & Rashtrapati Bhawan and 128 Kbps to Sri Jagadguru Shankracharya Sharada Peetham, Sringeri.
2 Setting up of Scanning Centers in Uttar Pradesh for participation in the Million Book Universal Digital Library Project of Carnegie Mellon University of USA by IIIT Allahabad To digitize books of common interest to the communities and make them available in a location and time independent way Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled
http://www.new.dli.ernet.in
3 Setting up of Scanning Centers in Maharastra for participation in the Million Book Universal Digital Library Project, by MIDC, Mumbai Conversion of rare books of common interest in digital form and make it available on the web, Project completed.
Scanned data web enabled
http://www.new.dli.ernet.in
4 Setting up of Scanning Centers at Hyderabad for participation in Million Book Universal Digital Library Project by Central Library Hyderabad and State Central Library Hyderabad Conversion of rare books of common interest in Telugu and Sanskrit in digital form and make it available on the web Project Completed.
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
5 Advaita sarada project (Digitization of ancient manuscripts other & south Indian Languages pertaining to the vedas, vedangus, upanishad and other sastric studies by Sri Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam Dakshinamanga Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri Digitization of ancient manuscripts Project Completed.
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
6 Digital Archiving for preservation of rare manuscripts and old magazines from mid 19th century to 1960 available with Nagri Pracharni Sabha, Varanasi by C-DAC Noida Digital Archiving for preservation of rare manuscripts and old magazines from mid 19th  Century to 1950 available with 'Nagri Pracharini Sabha, Varanasi. Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on
www.dli.cdacnoida.in
7 "KALASAMPAD" Digital Library -Resource of Indian Cultural Heritage (DL-RICH)- by IGNCA; New Delhi To enhance the access to cultural resources using digital technology. Digital resources made accessible to the students, Scholars, researchers and scientific community. Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on www.ignca.gov.in /dlrich/welcome.html
8 Digital Archiving for Preservation of Rare Manuscripts and Folios Available with Namgyal Institute of Tibetology – Sikkim by Namgyal Institute of Tibetology – Sikkim with technical support of C-DAC Kolkata
  • Digital Archiving for preservation of rare manuscripts and folios available with Namgyal Institute of Tibetology , Sikkim.
  • Digitization of Hymns reactions
Project Completed
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
9 Setting up of scanning center at Sringeri, Karnataka for participation in Million book universal Digital library project of Carnegie Melon University of USA by Sringeri, Math , Sringeri Karnataka
  •  Heritage Collection & Digitization/ OCR of Palm Leaf Manuscripts, Kaditas, Paper Manuscripts and printed books on Vedas
  •  Vice & Video recording of Shastrartha deliberations
  •  Transcriptions of Vaidik, Sanskrit Manuscripts and Books
  •  Development of indexing using self learning mechanism of DB2 content manager for manuscripts
Project Completed
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
(This project's scanned data is available under the Project at Sl. No. 5 Project: Advaita sarada project (Digitization of ancient manuscripts other & south Indian Languages pertaining to the vedas, vedangus, upanishad and other sastric studies)
10 Setting up of scanning centre at Goa for participation in Million book universal Digital library project of Carnegie Melon University of USA by University of Goa Digitization/OCR of rare books in Portuguees, Marathi and Konkani in the Digital forms and make them available to public and also on the web Project Completed
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
11 Setting up of scanning centre at Hyderabad, for participation in Million book universal Digital library project of Carnegie Melon University of USA by University of Hyderabad Digitization/OCR of rare books in Telgu, Sanskrit, Hindi and English & Indian History, etc. Project Completed
Scanned data web enabled on
www.new.dli.ernet.in
12 Setting up of scanning centre at Bharatiya Jnanpith for participation in Million book universal Digital library project of Carnegie Melon University of USA by Bharatiya Jnanpith, Lodhi Road, New Delhi Digitization/OCR of rare books and manuscripts etc. of Jain Heritage culture in the digital forms and make them available to public and also on the web. Project Completed
Scanned data being web enabled
www.new.dli.ernet.in
13 Setting up of Scanning Canters in Maharastra for participations in the Million Book Universal Digital Library Project by University of Pune Conversion of rare books of common interest in Marathi and Sanskrit in digital form and make it available on the web Project Completed
Scanned data web enabled on www.new.dli.ernet.in
14 Print your own book -Mobile Digital Library by C-DAC Noida
  • Mobile Digital Library is to bring 1 million digitized books
  • Expanding access to Information and Knowledge in schools, library and hospitals etc.
  • Updating digital library with available contents
Project Completed
Books scanned, printed and distributed in schools. DLI regularly updated
15 Creation of Digital Library of Books in President House by C-DAC Noida To create a free-to-read, searchable collection of data in the form of images in the first phase and then conversion of data into text format in English and Indian languages by scanning the books and indexing the images through keywords. Project Completed
Digital library created in President House. Scanned data web enabled on www.new.dli.ernet.in
16 Establishing Centres for Digital Archiving and creation of rare kmowledge pertaining to Ayurvedic Medicine, integrating & show casing of the content created through Digital Library outlet for Uttaranchal State Government by C-DAC Noida Digitize Manuscripts & Information related to Ayurvedic and forestry Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on
www.dli.cdacnoida.in
17 Development of National Databank on Indian Art and Culture (A pilot project)” by IGNCA Digitize Copy right free books, Visuals, Recording of Audi/Video and -  Walkthrough historical Monuments Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on
www.ignca.gov.in
 
18 “Digital Library of India 2 : Creating a large collection of Wide National Interest” at IIIT, Hyderabad “Digitize (IPR Free) book Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on
http://dli.iiit.ac.in/phase2.html
19 “Coordination, Web Hosting & Maintenance of Digital Library of India” BY IISc., Bangalore  Hosting the DLI web site for accessing the digitized data Project in ongoing
20 “Creation of Model Electronic Library System at the University of Delhi” at Delhi University Digitize copyright free books and Conducting the  programs on Digital Literacy / Competency for  faculty, students and researchers Project completed.
The scanned data web enabled on www.library.du.ac.in/dspace
21 Mega Center Digital Library of India –2nd Phase:   Content Creation (in East Indian Languages as well as in English) and  Storage and Access” by C-DAC, Kolkata “Digitize (IPR Free) books Project completed.
The data is to be  web enabled
www.new.dli.ernet.in
22 “Rajasthan Heritage:   Digitization of Rare Books”   at Bansthali Vidyapith, Bansthali (Rajasthan) “Digitize (IPR Free) books Project completed.
Data is web enabled at Banasthali Vidyapith’s web site and www.new.dli.ernet.in
23 “Digitization of Libraries”  by C-DAC, Noida “Digitize (IPR Free) books Project completed.
The data is to be  web enabled
www.new.dli.ernet.in
24 Digitization copy right free books available at Gujurat Vidyapith and Mahatma Gandhi museum, New Delhi  by C-DAC, Noida Digitize  books and documents available at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad and Mahatma Gandhi Museum, New Delhi Project completed.
The data is to be  web enabled
www.new.dli.ernet.in
25 Digital Archiving  for preservation of rare manuscripts at various monasteries in Sikkim by NIT Sikkim Digital Archiving  rare manuscripts at various monasteries Project is  ongoing.
Digitized data is to be web enabled
26 “Digital Library Mega Center: Content Creation in Tibetan, Sanskrit and English” at IIIT, Allahabad Digitizing of rare books within IPR Limits and web enable the same Project is ongoing.
Data is to be web enabled
27 “Setting up Repository of digitized data, providing connectivity ( for one year) to 3 Nodal Centers and hosting of digitized data” at ERNET India Setting up Repository of digitized data, providing connectivity and hosting of digitized data Project is ongoing:  Repository at AUCCA, Pune has been set up. Data has been transferred at this repository and web hosted
28 “Rajsthan Heritage: digitization of Rare Books- 2nd Phase”   by Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali (Rajasthan) Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in Rajasthan. Project was initiated in July 2010 and completed in June 2011. Data is web enabled at DLI web site www.dli.gov.in  and Banasthali Vidyapith’s web site
29 Project was initiated in July 2010 and completed in June 2011. Data is web enabled at DLI web site www.dli.gov.in  and Banasthali Vidyapith’s web site Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in North Eastern States. Project has been initiated in January 2011. Digitization work has been started at Tripura and Manipur
30 “Digitization of Rare Books available in Jammu and Kashmir” at University of Kashmir by Alma Iqbal Library, University of Kashmir. Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in Jammu and Kashmir. Project has been initiated in January 2011. Digitization work has been started

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