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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 Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) 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 coordination with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and in collaboration with Carnegie Melon University, USA. Under the collaborative management, scanners for these centers were provided by Carnegie Melon University, USA, under its Million Book Universal Digital Library Programme. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is coordinating this Programme under the guidance of Professor N. Balakrishnan, Associate Director. DeitY provided financial support for computers, training, manpower, tariff etc.

•  Digitization with the full financial support from Department of Electronics and Information Technology

The digital data generated by these scanning centers under this activity is web enabled on “Digital Library of India“ web site http://www.dli.ernet.in . A mirror site www.dli.gov.in of this data has been also developed.

 

The details of the projects are given below:

List of Projects and Current Status including Achievements:

National Digital Library

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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

5

Digitization of ancient manuscripts and other in 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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

7

"KALASAMPADA" 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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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

•   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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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 web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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.

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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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

· Walkthrough historical Monuments

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

18

“Digital Library of India 2 : Creating a large collection of Wide National Interest” at IIIT, Hyderabad

“Digitize (IPR Free) books

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

19

“Coordination, Web Hosting & Maintenance of Digital Library of India” BY IISc., Bangalore

Hosting the DLI web site for accessing the digitized data and maintaining the web site

Project in Completed. Activity is continuing.

http://www.dli.ernet.in

20

“Digitize copyright free books and Conducting the programs on Digital Literacy / Competency for faculty, students and researchers at University of Delhi” by Delhi University

Digitize copyright free books and Conducting the programs on Digital Literacy / Competency for faculty, students and researchers

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

22

“Rajasthan Heritage: Digitization of Rare Books” at Bansthali Vidyapith, Bansthali (Rajasthan)

“Digitize (IPR Free) books

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

23

“Digitization of Libraries” by C-DAC, Noida

“Digitize (IPR Free) books

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.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 completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

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 completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

27

“Setting up Repository of digitized data, providing connectivity 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 Completed: Repository at AUCCA, Pune has been set up. Data has been transferred at this repository and web hosted at www.dli.gov.in

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 completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

29

“Digital Library for North Eastern States ( Content Creation, Storage and Access)” by C-DAC, Kolkata

Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in North Eastern States.

Project is ongoing. Digitization work has been started at Assam Tripura and Manipur. A digital Library portal was created in Tripura and data is being hosted. http://www.dli.ernet.in

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 is ongoing. Data is being hosted at http://www.dli.gov.in

31

“Rajsthan and Gujarat Heritage: digitization of Rare Books- 3rd Phase” by Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali (Rajasthan)

Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Project completed. Scanned data web enabled
http://www.dli.ernet.in and www.dli.gov.in

32.

“Digitization of Documents available at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmadabad and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh” by C-DAc, Noida

Digitize, Preserve and web enable copy right free books available in Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmadabad and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Project is ongoing. Data is being hosted at http://www.dli.gov.in

33.

“Digital Library accessibility of data digitized in phase-I& II” by C-DAC, Noida

Convert the data from TIFF to PDF, OCR and make searchable.

Project is ongoing. Data is being converted

 


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