What is NDL India?
National Digital Library of India (NDL India) is an all-digital library that stores information (metadata) about different types of digital contents including books, articles, videos, audios, thesis and other educational materials relevant for users from varying educational levels and capabilities. It provides a single-window search facility to access digital contents currently existing in India as well as other digital sources under a single umbrella.
Who all can be benefited by NDL India?
NDL India has been designed to benefit all kinds of users like students (of all levels), teachers, researchers, librarians, library users, professionals, differently abled users and all other lifelong learners.
There are so many Digital Libraries. How is NDL India different from them?
NDL India will provide a single window search facilities to act as a one-stop shop for all digital resources. Information can be personalized based on the education level, choice of language, difficulty level, media of content and such other factors while other Digital libraries may not include all these choices. This is like a 'customised service' provided in a 24x7 integrated environment to suit a user's requirement and will be like a one-stop shop for all.
Can I access NDL India as an individual or does it have to be through an institutional membership only?
There is no restriction on the accessibility of the NDL India system. It can be accessed by an individual or institute member equally well. However access to full text content in many cases (e.g. Springer publisher content) may require institutional membership.
I would like to register all members of my institute onto NDL India. What is the best way to do it?
This can be done through Institutional membership. A person from your institute, called Institutional Nodal Person (INP), can take the responsibility of getting all the persons of the institute registered in NDL India. (S)he can get this done through the following steps:
Is there any registration fee required for accessing NDL India?
The NDL India project is all about knowledge dissemination and there is no fee attached for accessing the digital library.
How do I get access to NDL India?
An individual or institute can simply type in the URL (https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in) into a common web browser to access the NDL India website. However, for better user experience on mobile devices, it is highly recommended to use the NDL India mobile application, available for the respective mobile platform
Do I need a user-id, password to log into the NDL India system?
The NDL India system is accessible to all users for general browsing. However, one needs to register with a user id and password and login using those for accessing the full contents of any item.
How do I register into NDL India as a new user?
Once you have typed in the URL (https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in) of NDL India and land on the Homepage of NDL India, you will find a window on the right hand side saying 'Member Log-In'. Click on the 'Register' button whereby a Registration form will open up. Fill up all the details on the form and submit. You will soon get a validation link in your mailbox. Click the link and validate and then you can start using NDL India. From next time onwards, please use the Log-In button on the Home page for accessing NDL India.
When I registered, the system sent me a message for account verification. But I have not received any link for verification.
Please click on the 'Account recovery' button on the Home page type in your email id and submit. You will get a fresh validation link in your mailbox. Please click on the link and validate and you will be all set to explore NDL India.
When I registered, the system sent me a link for account verification. But when I click on the link, I am getting an error message.
Please click on the 'Account recovery' button on the Home page, type in your email id and submit. You will get a fresh validation link in your mailbox. Please click on the link and validate and you will be all set to explore NDL India.
I am trying to register into NDL India as a new user, have filled in all the details of the registration page but the system is not allowing me to submit.
Make sure you have ticked on the box saying "I have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions of using NDL India.". Also, the captcha should be duly filled in.
I am trying to view the contents of a book but the system is asking me to log in.
Please check whether you have logged into NDL India. A user can browse through NDL India repository by simply accessing NDL India but to view the contents of an item, one has to login using his/her user id, password.
Once I have registered into the NDL India system, will I have access to all the materials free of cost?
Access to NDL India is free of charge. However, this will lead the user to the materials which may reside on other institutions' servers. Accessing these will be determined by the policy of those institutions and their access rules.
Do I need any special hardware/accessories to access NDL India?
No special hardware or accessories are required to access NDL India. NDL India can be accessed from devices like PC, Laptop, Mobile devices supporting any web browser. However you will need internet connectivity to access NDL India. NDL India is not available through physical media such as CD-ROM.
Once I have registered into the NDL India system, will I have access to all the materials free of cost?
Access to the NDL India system is free of charge. However, this will lead the user to the materials which may reside on other institutions' servers. Accessing these will be determined by the policy of those institutions and their access rules.
Does NDL India provide materials in textual form only or are there provisions for multi-media materials too?
NDL India contents are available in various forms like text, audio, video etc. The nature of media can be chosen by the user to retrieve the materials in the desired format.
Can I assume all the information retrieved from NDL India to be factually correct?
NDL India harvests data from other sources and guides its users to the respective sources through the metadata used to define those items. The responsibility or liability of the contents thus lies with the respective source organizations and NDL India is not in a position to authenticate the accuracy of the contents. For any questions regarding the quality of the contents, one is requested to contact the respective content provider.
Why is it that I can't get a full-text view of all documents? Only some documents allow full-text open access.
View of the documents, full text or not, is controlled by the source organization. While many organizations are happy to provide full text access to all their documents, many would like to restrict it and want the user to either log in or send a request directly to an email id provided on the site for full text versions. There can be some publishers, like Springer, who would want you to buy a copy of the document while there can be some other documents which are free of cost when accessed through NDL India log in but will cost if accessed from some other site. You will notice an icon beside each document which will tell you upfront about the access rights of the document.
Why does it take long time to download some articles?
The amount of time it takes to download an article depends on the speed of your internet connection, the size of the article and the location where it is hosted. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to download a page especially if the page is rich in graphics.
Why am I unable to access a resource although it is shown as available?
All contents on the web are managed by the site owner. Sometimes contents are removed or re-organised by the owners. In such situations, we expect the content providers to update the link suitably. Try searching the site that the item was linked to. It could still be available on the website but in a different location. If you are still unable to access the item, please raise the issue with firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I get materials of my choice in my mother tongue?
The ultimate aim is to provide the materials in all vernacular languages. However, this will very much depend on the actual availability of materials in the vernacular. NDL India can accommodate materials in any language while the User Interface for Browsing and Searching has been launched with the languages Hindi, English and Bengali and is slowly being expanded to include other languages.
Can I retrieve materials customised to my education level at NDL India?
Yes, NDL India provides the unique facility of choosing knowledge materials as per the educational level of the user. The results retrieved for a query can be filtered based on user's choice of 'Educational Level'. Upon selecting a specific Educational Level filter (e.g., UG and PG), the results matching the selection criteria only will be shown to the user.
Can I apply different options to refine my Search criteria for an item?
Yes, you can refine your search criteria from the 'Refine search results' facet by choosing different options like Author, Subject, Learning Resource Type etc. This will help you retrieve an item meeting multiple selection criteria.
Is there a faster way of searching for an item with multiple search criteria?
You can use the 'Advanced search' option placed on the top right side of the screen to apply multiple selection criteria (Source, Educational level, Language, Learning Resource Type) for a more focussed and faster search.
How can I look up materials on a particular Subject on NDL India?
You can select 'By Subject' from the 'Browse' option and select your subject of interest from the drop down menu. The system will provide you three levels of filtering to refine the subject selection further.
Is it possible to get non-textual materials on NDL India?
You can get materials in various forms like video, image, animation, simulation and presentation besides textual materials. Select the 'By Type' option on 'Browse' or the material type from the right hand bar on 'Search' to get materials in your desired form.
Can I apply different options to fine tune my browsing outputs?
Yes, you can refine your browsing output by choosing different options like Author, Subject, Learning Resource Type etc. on the 'Refine browse results' facet. This will help you retrieve an item meeting multiple selection criteria.
I keep hearing of metadata - what exactly does it mean?
Metadata is the data that represents contents. Metadata includes information that enables users to identify, discover, interpret or manage content, such as the name of the author of the work, the date on which it was first created or published, or where the physical object is located. It might also include a description of the content: for example, a brief background on the historical and cultural implications of a work. Metadata may also include hyperlinks that direct users to the actual content on a content partner's website.
Which metadata standard do you follow?
NDL India is built following an open virtual metadata standard. The NDL India Metadata envelop has been developed using the commonly used metadata standards like Dublin Core (generic), Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) (educational) and Shodhganga (thesis). In this approach the origin of each element of the metadata is identified by retaining the domain name of the adopted standard (such as "dc" for Dublin Core in case of Generic metadata elements, "lrmi" for Learning Resource Metadata Initiative in case of Educational metadata elements). The standard is flexible thus ensuring that metadata elements can be appended in future to address nature of contents or learners' requirement that has not been envisaged at this stage.
How can I view the metadata of any item?
Metadata of any item can be viewed by clicking/tapping any item on Search/Browse results. The amount of metadata displayed for the selected item may vary based on the user’s Login status.
Is it permissible to include NDL India articles in institutional repositories?
NDL India aims to make its educational materials available to all through metadata. Metadata provides textual information of a content which may be actually hosted on the data provider's server. The actual contents are subject to the copyright laws of the respective data providers as the authors or publishers retain copyright to these works which are used by NDL India with permission. Anybody reproducing, redistributing, or making commercial use of these materials is responsible for compliance with the terms and conditions asserted by the copyright holder. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Can I contribute articles to be included in NDL India?
Yes. For details about modality of contribution please contact NDL India at email@example.com
I want to use an article available on NDL India. Do I need to take any special permission for this?
Use of articles retrieved from NDL India will be determined by the rights policy of the content provider and any special rights status of the article, as well as the nature of your use. For example, freedom may be given for the use of an article for academic purpose but the same will necessitate permission if used for commercial purpose. Each metadata record will contain a link to the actual item on the content provider's website. Please access the website to assess the rights status of an individual item.
Can I print or save articles/eBooks from the NDL India repository?
The option to save or download an article will depend on the access rights provided by the content provider. Once saved, printing can be done. Sometimes, there could be a limit to the number of pages that can be printed (eg. upto 100 pages). Once again, this will vary from document to document based on the access rights set bythe content owner.
To whom should I write for any issue that I am facing?
For any issue that you may be facing or any questions that you may have, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for a solution.
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.
NDL India is a conglomeration of freely available or institutionally contributed or donated or publisher managed contents. Almost all these contents are hosted and accessed from respective sources. The responsibility for authenticity, relevance, completeness, accuracy, reliability and suitability of these contents rests with respective organization from where the contents are sourced and NDL India has no responsibility or liability for these. Every effort is made to keep the NDL India portal up and running smoothly. However, NDL India takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the portal being unavailable due to technical issues or otherwise.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), through its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), has sponsored and funded the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project.
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