Workshop on Digital Repository using DSpace
The Institute Library today hosted the introductory workshop on Digital Repository using DSpace. The Director Dr. (Prof.) Rakesh Premi welcomed the participants in his inaugural speech he said that libraries have an important asset in the development of humankind. Its digitization was tedious but inevitable, post digitization the next step is making it available to the masses. The National Digital Library or NDL is aimed towards it and this workshop is a small but important step towards it. He also added that this is the first time that any institute of Kanpur is organizing the DSpace workshop. He wished the participants best of luck and hoped that the workshop will help in creating awareness among professional about open source technology and its application in the library, and will further help the participant to develop a digital library on its own.
Later, Mr. Bharat Chaudhari, Librarian, Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, the resource person of the workshop, explained to the participants the DSpace software. According to him, many proprietary software are available in the market for developing digital libraries. DSpace is not only the one of the most popular software, but it is also free. It is the software of choice for the academic, non-profit, and commercial organization for building open-digital-repositories. It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.
Later in the computer lab, he explained how is DSpace used? The participants were given hands-on training in DSpace operation. He explained the terms and features of DSpace. The workshop saw a number of queries being raised by the participants, which were quenched by Mr. Chaudhari.
Ms. Usha Shukla, Librarian GHSIMR, informed the gathering that over 50 participants from various cities of UP and also from outside UP participated in the program. Mr. Shiv, who had come all the way from Patna said the workshop was only informative, but the practice given on computers has helped in understanding the software.