Ministry of Human Resource Development under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. Filtered and federated searching is employed to facilitate focused searching so that learners can find out the right resource with least effort and in minimum time. NDL India is designed to hold content of any language and provides interface support for leading Indian languages (currently Hindi and Bengali). It is being arranged to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular form of access devices and differently-abled learners. It is being developed to help students to prepare for entrance and competitive examination, to enable people to learn and prepare from best practices from all over the world and to facilitate researchers to perform inter-linked exploration from multiple sources. The pilot project is devising a framework that is being scaled up with respect to content volume and diversity to serve all levels and disciplines of learners. It is being developed at IIT Kharagpur. The NDL currently hosted 10,048,671 items in India.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Being a premier institute in the country is hosting a workshop cum training programme on Institutional Digital Repository (IDR) for National Digital Library in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur. The objectives of this programme are to provide an awareness about the National Digital Library (NMEICT Project) to the participants of various institutions of north regions and to contextualize the role of these participating institutions through development and maintenance of IDRs for implementation of NDL. The workshop also focus to provide an advanced level hands on training for the development of Institutional Digital Repository (IDR) in each institution and to provide appropriate skill so that the e- contents of individual institutions can be harvested and indexed by the National Digital Library server.
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