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Article
Publication date: 7 August 2009

G. Mahesh and Rekha Mittal

The purpose of this paper is to identify the modes of digital content creation for digital libraries and discuss the associated copyright issues with the types of digital content.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the modes of digital content creation for digital libraries and discuss the associated copyright issues with the types of digital content.

Design/methodology/approach

Prevalent copyright laws in India in the context of digital content have been studied and issues related to specific types of digital content have been discussed.

Findings

In addition to two known types of digital content, namely born digital and turned digital, a third type, gained digital has been delineated. It is found that extant copyright laws, particularly in India, allow scope for forming opinions with regard to digital content thereby giving room for insecurity for digital content creators.

Research limitations/implications

Copyright laws in the context of World Intellectual Property Organization and India only have been discussed.

Practical implications

The paper will be useful to digital content creators and digital library managers/administrators to understand copyright issues relevant to the digital library.

Originality/value

The classification of digital libraries based on content as has been delineated in this paper is an original work and has reported for the first time. The linking of digital content with the copyright issues makes it useful.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Article
Publication date: 25 July 2008

Rekha Mittal and G. Mahesh

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

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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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Program, vol. 42 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Article
Publication date: 12 April 2013

Rekha Mittal

The purpose of this paper is to explore and map the intellectual structure of biofuel research.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and map the intellectual structure of biofuel research.

Design/methodology/approach

The study attempts to present the structure of biofuel research through document co‐citation patterns of core references. Document co‐citation analysis was performed using the Web of Science of the Thomson‐ISI database. A sample of 26 cited references was identified and the co‐citation frequencies were analyzed and represented them systematically within groups of similar researched topics.

Findings

The study shows the co‐citation analysis method suitable for depicting structure of biofuel research in document clusters by performing multivariate analysis: cluster analysis, factor analysis, multidimensional scaling and network analysis.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited to research articles and co‐citation data for the first author only. For the co‐citation analysis, the cited references rather than the cited authors were used as the units for analysis.

Practical implications

Co‐citational analysis using multivariate tools provides a useful technique to explore and document the development of the field supplementing the insights normally available from the routine co‐citational analysis.

Originality/value

Specialties in biofuel research are identified and this may provide a valuable building block for future research.

Article
Publication date: 22 February 2011

Rekha Mittal

This paper aims to describe the development of the Indian National Union Catalogue for Scientific Serials (NUCSSI).

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Purpose

This paper aims to describe the development of the Indian National Union Catalogue for Scientific Serials (NUCSSI).

Design/methodology/approach

The stages in the development of the national union catalogue and software used for database design and development with different computer systems are discussed. The integration of the database with an e‐mail service for routeing of library/user request information is also described.

Findings

It was found that NUCSSI is an ideal access tool and is indispensable in supporting document supply. Regular updating of the database is enhanced with the online access granted to the participating libraries via the internet.

Practical implications

Desktop connectivity to the NUCSSI database through the internet has made it easy to find and obtain a journal/article of interest. User‐friendly interface and powerful search enable easy and improved access to locate a particular journal and its availability in various libraries free of cost. It provides a decentralized document supply system for India.

Originality/value

This article is of significance to librarians, information specialists in India and the international serials community.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Article
Publication date: 12 June 2007

Gian Singh, Rekha Mittal and Moin Ahmad

The study has been undertaken with the purpose of finding out the growth and characteristics of digital library literature.

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Purpose

The study has been undertaken with the purpose of finding out the growth and characteristics of digital library literature.

Design/methodology/approach

Over 1,000 articles for the period 1998‐2004 were collected from LISA Plus and were analyzed to study authorship patterns, authors' productivity and prominent contributors, language‐wise and year‐wise distribution of articles, country‐wise distribution of journals, core journals in the subject area, and indexing term frequency.

Findings

Some of the important findings are that most articles (61 percent) are single‐authored; author productivity is not in agreement with Lotka's Law, except in one case where number of articles is three; the maximum number of articles were published in 2003 with English being the most productive language; maximum articles were published in the journal D‐lib Magazine; distribution of articles nearly follows Bradford's Law; and USA ranked first for maximum number of journals.

Originality/value

The paper is relevant to those interested in bibliometrics and provides a comprehensive overview of authorship in the library and information science community.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Article
Publication date: 30 November 2010

Gangan Prathap and Rekha Mittal

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the new application of a performance index (p‐index), extending its use to libraries for measuring and evaluating library circulation…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the new application of a performance index (p‐index), extending its use to libraries for measuring and evaluating library circulation statistics in terms of quality and quantity of library books usage by subjects.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses NISCAIR library circulation data and computes p‐index as well as h‐index for comparing usage in different subjects.

Findings

The results indicate that a two dimensional map of quality vs quantity of transactions can be used for better understanding and evaluation of library usage.

Research limitations/implications

The h‐ and p‐indices and the quality‐quantity maps can be used as a benchmark for monitoring library performance in addition to finding out high value areas in the library collection, high value users, and high value books.

Practical implications

The paper is able to supplement the insights normally available from routine statistical analysis of circulation data.

Originality/value

This study may help in providing knowledge/insights in building up collections.

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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Publication date: 12 April 2013

Steve Thornton

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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Article
Publication date: 30 November 2010

Steve Thornton

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

Book part
Publication date: 20 May 2024

Shikha Agnihotri, Rekha Mewafarosh and Shivani Malhan

Purpose: The prominence of quality education for building sustainable development is undeniable and is distinctly pointed out in 1 of the 14 sustainable development goals (SDGs)…

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Purpose: The prominence of quality education for building sustainable development is undeniable and is distinctly pointed out in 1 of the 14 sustainable development goals (SDGs). In the same context, this study intends to investigate the role of university commitment, perceived organisational prestige, student satisfaction, and perceived employability in enhancing sustainability in higher education.

Need of the Study: To evaluate how student satisfaction mediates the relationship between university commitment, perceived organisational prestige, and perceived employability with sustainable university institutes.

Methodology: An adapted questionnaire was used in this study to capture the perception of 458 management graduates selected through the purposive sampling method. Partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) technique was used to analyse the data with the help of Smart PLS software.

Findings: The results of this study show that student satisfaction is the strongest predictor of sustainable university institutes. University commitment was found to lead to student satisfaction significantly. Furthermore, student satisfaction wasn’t found to play the role of mediator in the proposed model.

Practical Implications: This study aims to fulfil theoretical, research, and management implications for students, higher education institutes (HEIs), and policymakers. HEIs are recommended to instil university commitment, perceived organisational prestige and student satisfaction via various practices and amendments in their curriculum. Students are recommended to enhance their perceived employability to achieve career sustainability.

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Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Sustainability Measures on Wellbeing
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83797-098-8

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Book part
Publication date: 29 August 2022

Aaditeshwar Seth

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Technology and (Dis)Empowerment: A Call to Technologists
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80382-393-5

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