In a bid to provide its users a rich experience, the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) has decided to collaborate with several top digital libraries of the world. "For this the NDLI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with British Library for integrating contents of its 'Two Centuries of Indian Print Project'," Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh gave this information in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Singh said the NDLI had organised a workshop for this purpose and it was attended by representatives, both as speakers and participants, of 13 countries.
"NDLI is also working closely with European Foundation (Digital Library of EU) in creating a platform for content and technology interchange between over a dozen digital libraries of the world. NDLI has also become a member of RightsStatements.org and sits on its Steering Committee to promote proper dissemination of copyrighted and non-copyrighted digital heritage items. Besides NDLI has integrated contents from several international sources like OECD -Library, PubMed, WHO and a few leading global publishers," Singh stated.
What is NDLI?
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has started the National Digital Library of India or NDLI under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT). The NDLI is a kind of all-digital library that stores different types of digital contents be it books, thesis, audio, videos, articles or anything else that is of use for users from varying educational fields. It is an effort by the government to provide a single window search facility for digital content.
The NDLI, developed and coordinated by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-K) has been created with an aim to provide support to all students, researchers, teachers, academicians. This enables them to access some of the best materials present across the world through a single window search facility.
Top 5 digital libraries of world
Universal Digital Library - Collection of millions of books, maps, manuscripts in multilingual format.
Project Gutenberg - More than 30,000 ebooks to read along with several audio books, CDs and DVDs.
Bartleby - An immense collection of reference, fiction, nonfiction books etcs
ibiblio - From offering ebooks to academic papers to music and streaming radio, it offers almost everything.
Google Books - More than 100,000 books and a fully searchable database.