The National Digital Library of India (NDLI), in association with IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), is expanding its reach globally through collaborations with top digital libraries of the world.
The announcement was made by the NDLI at an international workshop, organised by the UNESCO and the engineering institute, in Delhi last week. According to an IIT-Kharagpur release, digital libraries and resource-sharing activities of SAARC countries will also be promoted by the UNESCO.
“While procuring international content is one aspect, being inclusive and open is also important. The information should be made available in all forms, be it data, technology or content,” NDLI in-charge Professor P P Das said.
NDLI has been collaborating with Europeana Foundation – an organisation that provides access to over 50 million digitised items including books, music, artworks and more. Some other digital libraries like Tainacan Project (Brazil), National Library of The Netherlands, National Library of South Africa and National Library of Nepal also expressed interest in collaborating with NDLI, the release said.
The international workshop has seen participation of around 200 representatives from Microsoft Research, Google and Taylor & Francis belonging to India and other countries of the world.
The NDLI – Ministry of Human Resources Development funded project was started by IIT-KGP. The aim of the project was to create a national online educational asset for students interested in research and innovation.