Press Esc to close
Wednesday 01 June 2016
News updated at 10:53 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31°C
Min : 22.2°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

IISc library to digitise all books, doctoral theses

Bosky Khanna Bengaluru, Mar 01, 2016, DHNS
The earliest thesis of 1983 as well as books dating to 1888 have been digitised. dh illustration

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been digitising lakhs of books and thousands of doctoral theses at its library. 

Books are being digitised under the Digital Library of India programme, which provides for digitisation of freely accessible rare books collected from various libraries in India. The premier institute is also giving importance to digitisation of doctoral theses and journals. 

The process of digitisation began six years ago. So far, the IISc has digitised 2,500 books and as many theses. Now, 10,000 bound volume journals and more than 5,500 titles are available online. The library subscribes to 2,500 e-journals. Since 2009, all journals are being subscribed online, except for some Indian journals.

The library has more than 8,000 theses and at least two lakh books, according to Puttabasavaiah, deputy librarian at the IISc. Six months ago, a firm approached the institute to digitise the theses in the library. This proposal is under consideration of the library committee and it is looking into the cost factor and the time frame, he said. 

The committee had outsourced scanning thesis papers. The remaining work like preparing the index, making data legible and easy searching with links was done by the library staff. If the committee approves outsourcing, the organisation will do the complete work. The onus of maintaining authenticity and accuracy will be on the organisation, Puttabasavaiah said. 

While only non-copyright books can be digitised, the main task is to digitise theses. Each thesis has around 250 pages and around 5,000 theses are to be digitised.

The earliest thesis of 1983 as well as books dating to 1888 have been digitised. The aim of digitisation is to back up data and make it easily available to students and researchers associated with IISc round the clock. Since the library has timing restrictions and information may be required at late hours, the digitisation will help. The library will get to know which journal and book is popular and searched the most. 

Presently, the digitised data is accessible to the IISc community alone. Those from outside the IISc can only see the abstracts. They have to register with the IISc to access the data and there is a separate portal for theses.  


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Biking Queens Yugma Desai, Sarika Mehta, Khyati N. Desai and Durriya M. Tapiya...

Biking Queens Yugma Desai, Sarika Mehta, Khyati N. Desai and Durriya M. Tapiya...

Camels with sign boards of BJP President Amit Shah during Sardar Patel Kisan Maha Sammelan...

Camels with sign boards of BJP President Amit Shah during Sardar Patel Kisan Maha Sammelan...

Restoration work in progress after an empty coach derailed off a slow track between Lower Parel...

Restoration work in progress after an empty coach derailed off a slow track between Lower Parel...

People dressed up as famous personalities taking part in the 'Carnival rally' to mark World No...

People dressed up as famous personalities taking part in the 'Carnival rally' to mark World No...

Police personal pay a final tribute to mortal remains of De Javaregowda, at Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka..

Police personal pay a final tribute to mortal remains of De Javaregowda, at Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka..

Couples embrace along the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India ...

Couples embrace along the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India ...

Children wear masks during an awareness campaign on 'World No Tobacco' day in Kolkata...

Children wear masks during an awareness campaign on 'World No Tobacco' day in Kolkata...

A view of Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru on Tuesday...

A view of Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru on Tuesday...

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi performs at the CEAT Cricket Rating awards night in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi performs at the CEAT Cricket Rating awards night in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez with Malaika Arora Khan on the sets of a TV show...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez with Malaika Arora Khan on the sets of a TV show...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523