IIMK to host international workshop on digital libraries

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Kozhikode: As part of its Faculty Development Programme, the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIMK) is hosting an International Workshop on Digital Libraries using Greenstone from August 20-24, 2012. The objective of the five day workshop is to conduct a rigorous and advanced training programme on Digital Libraries using the Open Source Software coupled with state-of-art lectures delivered by experts in the field of digital libraries.

The Greenstone Digital Library Software is a top of the line and internationally renowned software system for developing digital libraries, promoted by the New Zealand Digital Library project research group at the University of Waikato. Greenstone is developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is an open-source software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The aim of the software is to empower users, particularly in universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to build their own digital libraries. Greenstone is one of the most preferred and popular software used by Indian libraries, research establishments and organisations. 

The workshop is being organised by the Centre for Development of Digital Libraries (CDDL) at IIMK, which has the distinction of coordinating the Greenstone Support for South Asia for the past six years, on behalf of UNESCO.

The Workshop has been designed to facilitate the participants in creating state-of-art digital libraries using Greenstone, which include software installation, configuration, customisation, digitization and other related workflow operations, content development and management, designing and creating standard metadata sets to describe digital objects and encoding it in standard markup formats.

About 35 personnel involved in developing and maintaining digital collections such as LIS faculty, librarians and information professionals, IT faculty and software professionals and belonging to the academia, Government and the NGOs in India and those from other Asian countries will be participating in this workshop. Participants will be receiving the Greenstone software and all instructional material on CD so that they can they can start applying their learning immediately.

Kerala IT News

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