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Digital Library of IIITM-K – Experiences of Next Generation resource centre

Srinivasan, K. and Laxmi, B. V. and Sahay, Manjul and Singhal, Abhay and Srivathsan, K. R. (2002): Digital Library of IIITM-K – Experiences of Next Generation resource centre. Published in: South Asian Journal of Socio-Political Studies , Vol. 2, No. 3 (December 2002)

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Digital Library has many features that make it distinct from traditional libraries. These features make it an excellent medium to address information and interaction services related to quality of education, and management of learning environments. While the paper libraries have become very expensive and are the prerogative of only a few well endowed institutions, Digital Libraries make these services and more at affordable costs. This will remove the digital divide between developed and developing nations in long run. Transversal E-Networks [TEN] a company under incubation at IIITM-K has developed an academic aggregation server concept in which several academic functions such as Course Management, Authoring, and collaborative group-work are built around their unique metadata standards compliant Digital Library implementation. This server called “ACADO” is being field-tested as central information server for Indian Institute of Information Technology – Kerala. The server has more than proven its effectiveness in increasing the productivity and quality of academic collaboration, management of learning environment and research in the institution. The same server can network itself with similar servers in other institutions and form as Information, Knowledge or Educational Grids across the different Digital Library spaces.

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