|Author||Sinha, Manoj Kumar|
|Source||Inflibnet's Institutional Repository|
|Subject Domain (in DDC)||Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science ♦ Library & information sciences|
|Subject Keyword||Open Access ♦ Open Source Software (OSS) ♦ Open Standards ♦ Open Source Archives / Self Archiving of Journals ♦ Institutional Repositories ♦ Digital Libraries|
|Abstract||The present paper describes about the universal access to knowledge and information in the network and digital environment. It highlights the Open Access Declaration, Open Access Movement in India and aboard, Open Source Software for establishing Institutional Repositories and Digital Libraries for open access. Besides this it also highlights the recommendations of the Working Groups of National Knowledge Commission for Libraries and Open Access and Open Access Educational Resources. Some of the national level digital library initiatives and institutional repositories have also been listed for the benefit of the professionals. Initiatives taken by the INFLIBNET Centre , Ahmedabad and IISc , Bangalore and other institutions for creating Digital Libraries using Dspace has also been described. The initiatives taken by the INFLIBNET Centre and IIT Bombay for initiating Electronic Theses and Dissertation Project has been described in brief.|
|Education Level||UG and PG|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) 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. 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 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
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