Digital Libraries have been gaining increasing attention as well as academic interest over the years, across the world. Also, there is increasing demand for improved information and knowledge management solutions in universities, enterprises as well as institutions, which can integrate access to disparate information resources and provide management and staff personalized information needed to make informed decisions. A key challenge is how do we create an online information environment facilitating internal content publishing and single point access to internal and external information sources. The current information environment unequivocally prompts libraries and information centres to leverage on the latest digital technologies towards building practical digital libraries and in setting up dynamic electronic information systems. Digital Libraries (DL) are structured storage environments of digital data with a consistent format for index and content abstraction. Digital libraries do enable the seamless integration of the scholarly electronic information, help in creating and maintaining local digital content, and strengthen the mechanisms and the capacity of the library's information systems and services. They increase the portability, efficiency of access, flexibility, availability and preservation of digital objects. Open Digital Library (ODL) technologies are gaining attention the world over. Without proper understanding of the complexities, procedures and practices involved in content building, content management and collection building, individual DLs will remain islands of structure in an unstructured Internet sea. Today's information /IT professional must be capable of leveraging the new technology to its fullest extent.
The objective of the Workshop is to conduct a 5-day rigorous and advanced training programme on Digital Libraries using the Open Source Software `Greenstone' at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (http://www.iimk.ac.in), India. IIMK hosts the Greenstone Support for South Asia - http://greenstonesupport.iimk.ac.in and also Chair the Technical Committee for the South Asian Region.
Developing world standard digital libraries demand deployment of costly software solutions which are beyond the reach of most of the universities/institutions in India and those in the Asian region. 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. More details of the software and example digital libraries built using the software is available at http://www.greenstone.org/.
The Workshop has been designed to facilitate the participants in creating state-of-art digital libraries using Greenstone (latest version), which include software installation, configuration, customization, 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.
The workshop will be conducted at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) which is equipped with world-class lecture rooms and computing laboratories with high speed Internet link. Each participant will be provided a PC supplemented with LCD projected live demos. The pedagogy will be a mix of lectures, discussions, case studies and hands-on sessions. Each participant shall be provided with a CD-ROM comprising of the Greenstone Software, faculty presentations, and other related software packages. Extensive hands-on labs will be a hall mark of this programme.
At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to be well-versed and confident of developing state-of-art and world class digital libraries using the Greenstone software. In particular, they will have learned the following:
- Install/uninstall/reinstall and configure the Greenstone software and its associated softwares
such as Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Ghostscript, and Image Magick;
- Major DL development activities such as collection building (multimedia - text, images, audio and
video), workflow operations, content management, and backup/restore;
- Greenstone Librarian Interface (GLI) and its various utility panels such as the `Gather', `Enrich',
`Design', `Create' and the `Format';
- Designing and creating standard metadata sets and editing them as required;
- Greenstone collection configuration, customization and administration.
The workshop will be of immense benefit to all those 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
The workshop will be handled by international experts in Greenstone Software along with experienced IT faculty from the IIMK.
Dr. M.G. Sreekumar
(UNESCO Coordinator, Greenstone Support for South Asia)
IIM Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
Follow-up support shall be extended through the CDDL of IIMK which coordinates the Greenstone Support for South Asia (http://greenstonesupport.iimk.ac.in).
- The participants are limited to 35
Participants are expected to have a thorough working knowledge of the Windows operating environment (XP, 2000X Server etc.), and must be aware of the popular digital file formats. Knowledge of Windows file management system, DOS commands, graphics/images creation and HTML programming will be added advantages.
Registration to the programme will be on first-come-first-served basis. Nomination forms duly filled in, along with the Course Fee, should reach the FDP Office latest by December 01, 2010.
Dates and Venue
The workshop will be held during December 13-17, 2010 at IIMK Campus, Kunnamangalam, Calicut, Kerala. (http://www.iimk.ac.in). The programme will commence at 9.15 a.m. on 13th December and will conclude by 4.00 p.m on 17th December, 2010. Participants are expected to make their travel plans so as to reach IIMK campus by the evening of 12th December. Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis in the IIMK Guest House from 12th December (A/N) to 18th December (F/N).
|For Participants from AICTE and UGC Approved, Govt.
|| Rs. 7,500.00
||Rs. 15,000.00 or
|| US$ 350
The fee is to be paid in advance by Demand Draft in favour of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode payable at "Calicut" along with the duly filled in nomination form. No refund will be allowed for the fee. The fee includes course material, breakfast, working lunch and dinner.
Payments to IIMK are exempted from deduction of Tax vide Letter No. AAAAJ1012Q/ACIT/Cir-2(1)06-07 dated 12th April, 2007 issued by Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, Circle-2(1), Kozhikode.
ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO
The FDP Office (AICTE QIP Centre)
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, IIMK Campus P. O.,
Kozhikode 673 570, Kerala, India
Phone: +91-495-2809140,2809208, Mobile: 9447100539
Fax : +91-495-2803010-1, 1Email : email@example.com
Or contact Sh. K Sadanandan, AO, FDP Office, IIMK
LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATION: December 01, 2010