IIT KGP has launched a mobile app for National Digital Library (NDL), an ambitious project of MHRD, which will bring India’s largest library repository at your fingertip. NDL Android App is available for free and can be downloaded from Google Play Store. This repository can be accessed from anywhere in the world through the App or web versions. The App has features to search, browse, filter, tag, comment and metadata view. The Desktop/Laptop (Web Client) however is enabled with the ‘Advanced Search’ feature.
With the exponential growth of mobile usage, NDL App will enable access to rich digital content of libraries across the country and even foreign repositories to the users even in the remotest of areas which is unique not just in the Indian but global context. The world has never seen a digital repository like NDL which is focused on education whereas most other national digital libraries have different focus, mostly culture, museum, etc.
“NDL started as a Pilot project in April 2015. It is an MHRD project. From a humble beginning through a PC to demonstrate the Proof of Concept, it is now on its way to become a full blown National Digital Library of India and generate a movement of making educational contents available to the entire nation in a fingertip. NDL is “Open” and “Inclusive”. NDL is open for use by anybody; anybody can register in NDL and start using NDL. NDL technology, software and metadata is open to all using which entrepreneurs can build value-added Apps and Service that use NDL resources” said Prof. Partha Pratim Das, Professor in-charge and overall coordinator of the project at IIT Kharagpur.
A new user can go to Google Play Store and search for National Digital Library of India and install the App. On the left hand side of the top there is an icon from where the new user can sign-up by filling up a form and login. A verification mail will be sent to the e-mail id used in the registration form. The verification mail contains a link; upon clicking the link user can login using the Login Id and Password used in the registration form.
“NDL has already launched its Android App and on its way to launch App for Apple Platform soon” added Prof. Das.
Schools and colleges can do Institutional Registration wherein a nominated person of the institution, called “Institutional Nodal Person” (INP) can collect the details (First Name, Last Name and email id) of students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the institution and get them registered in bulk on the web client https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in. On approval of the application by NDL team, the Institutional nodal person shall get e-mail intimation. Institutional nodal person can then register students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the institution.
NDL has already close to 9 lakh users with more than 1 lakh hits on the website. The App is expected to boost the accessibility and registered users. It has created repository for more than 65 lakh publications in more than 100 languages. In addition to English, User Interface and Search is also available in Hindi and Bengali.
“NDL integrates contents of any domain as long as the content has some learning value to somebody. NDL team is also conducting lot of cutting-edge researches in natural language processing, machine learning, search technologies, metadata engineering, experience tracking and data analytics to provide state-of-the-art facilities to NDL users” Das said.
Some of significant content available on the repository are NCERT text books, Text books of 8 state education boards, JEE, GATE and UPSC question papers, NPTEL and Spoken Tutorials, Papers/Theses from IISc. ISI, 9 IITs, 2 IIMs, 3 IIISERs, Publications from 8 laboratories of CSIR, Publications from 2 laboratories of ICAR and Krishikosh, IEEE, PubMed, LibriVox (Audio books), South Asia Archive, World e-Book Library, OECD, INFLIBNET, Satyajit Ray Society and many more. NDL has also collaborated with Europeana (The Umbrella Library of Europe for Culture & Museum). There was an initiative called Digital Library of India, which was started more than 12 years back with a charter to digitize 1 million rights-free books and make them available. This has also been integrated in NDL.