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Digital libraries and repositories in India: an evaluative study

Rekha Mittal (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, India)
G. Mahesh (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, India)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to identify and evaluate the collections within digital libraries and repositories in India available in the public domain.

Design/methodology/approach

The digital libraries and repositories were identified through a study of the literature, as well as internet searching and browsing. The resulting digital libraries and repositories were explored to study their collections.

Findings

Use of open source software especially for the creation of institutional repositories is found to be common. However, major digital library initiatives such as the Digital Library of India use custom‐made software. The collection size in most digital libraries and repositories is in a few hundreds.

Practical implications

The paper highlights the state of digital libraries and repositories in India in late 2007.

Originality/value

The paper is the first of its kind that attempts to identify and evaluate digital libraries and repositories in India. It also gives a comprehensive listing of digital libraries and institutional repositories in India available in the public domain.

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Citation

Mittal, R. and Mahesh, G. (2008), "Digital libraries and repositories in India: an evaluative study", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 286-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330810892695

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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