Under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), an initiative was taken in the sub-project “Strengthening of Digital Library and Information Management under NARES (E-Granth)”which provides digital access to different library resources for National Agriculture Research System in India which comprises of Agriculture Research Institutions and State Agricultural Universities.In this initiatives a digital repository “Krishikosh” (http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/) and digital library platform “IDEAL” (Indian Digital Ensemble of Agricultural Libraries) (http://ideal.egranth.ac.in/) has been developed for capturing, digitizing and online sharing of library resources in order to cater to the increasing need of the Scientists, Researchers, Teachers and extension community. Under the ICAR's Open Access policy, Krishikosh provides ready software platform to implement all aspects of the open access policy, similar to ‘Cloud Service’ for individual institution’s self-managed repository with central integration. IARI is hosting the ‘Krishikosh’ Repository at AKMU Data Centre of IARI. Krishikosh is a customized implementation of open source software ‘DSpace’. Under Krishikosh, 59 SAUs (including Deemed University under ICAR) and 34 ICAR Institutes are giving the contribution. In accordance to the ICAR open access policy, it is mandatory to keep a digitized repository of the resources (including thesis) for each Institution. The efforts were made for uploading the thesis and other contents in the Institutional repository by the respective Institute and University on the priority basis (upto 03 December, 2016 more than 29000 thesis are uploaded in Krishikosh repository, besides these more than 74 thousand articles including the thesis are available in this repository)
IDEAL is a ready platform for Agricultural Libraries of Indian National Agricultural Research & Education System (NARES) which enables them to adopt Integrated Library Management System for their day to day operations of all their library functionality. It is a software platform built on ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) concept to provide hassle free, ready to use, international standards based platform for sharing library holdings through an union catalog (AgriCat). An integrated digital library delivered at the desk of researchers, faculty and students of NARES can definitely boost the quality of research output and save time. A robust set of servers along with failover servers operational at the data centre of ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi provide hosting facilities for customized Koha open source software running independent instances for each library. Any library under NARES willing to be part of IDEAL needs to bring their catalog data to standard format and learn how to use Koha ILMS for library functioning.
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