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The Digital Library of India Project: Process, Policies and Architecture



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The Digital Library of India Project Process Policies and Architecture Vamshi Ambati1 N Balakrishnan2 Raj Reddy1 Lakshmi Pratha3 and C V Jawahar3 1 3 Carnegie Mellon University PA USA vamshi cmu edu rr cmu edu 2 Indian Institute of Science Bangalore India balki serc iisc ernet in International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad India lakshmipratha iiit net jawahar iiit net Abstract In this paper we share the experience gained from establishing a process and a supporting architecture for the Digital Library of India DLI project The DLI project was started with a vision of digitizing books and making them available online in a searchable and browseable form The digitization of the books takes place at geographically distributed locations This raises many issues related to policy and collaboration We discuss these problems in detail and present the process and workflow that is established to solve them We also share the architecture of the project that supports the smooth implementation of the process The architecture of the DLI project has been arrived at after considering factors like high performance scalability availability and economy Keywords digital library digital library architecture Digital library project of India Universal digital library DLI process 1 Introduction Digital Libraries have received wide attention in the recent years allowing access to digital information from anywhere across the world They have become widely accepted and even preferred information sources in areas of education science and others Bainbridge Thompson H Witten 2003 The rapid growth of Internet and the increasing interest in development of digital library related technologies and collections McCray Gallagher 2001 Marchionini Maurer 1995 helped accelerate the digitization of printed documents in the past few years With a vision of digitizing a million books by 2008 the Digital Library of India DLI project aims to digitally preserve all the significant literary artistic



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