KrishiKosh: an institutional repository of National Agricultural Research System in India

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/LM-08-2013-0083
Pages345-354
Publication Date03 June 2014
AuthorK. Veeranjaneyulu
SubjectLibrary & information science,Librarianship/library management,HR in libraries
KrishiKosh: an institutional
repository of National Agricultural
Research System in India
K. Veeranjaneyulu
Central Library Rajendranagar Hyderabad,
Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide online access to valuable resource, i.e., rare books,
institutional publications, historical reports, theses, success stories, etc. to the researchers, teachers, extension
specialists, farmers and scientists working in the ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities.
Design/methodology/approach – Using open source software, the material in the repository was
organized into institution-wise collection of documents such as books, journals, theses, rep orts,
articles, etc. The process of digitization including scanning, cleaning, cropping, conversion to text
(OCR), conversion to PDF/A, is currently being done at four different centres. So far, more than ten
million pages from 19,495 documents have been digitized along with the necessary metadata.
Findings – The “KrishiKosh” is a collaborative project which envisages launching an Indian
agricultural knowledge portal over the internet and sharing its research information including
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) with the rest of the world using latest information and
communication technologies.
Research limitations/implications – Users are able to access any information they want, from
anywhere in the world, and at any time over the internet. It also culminated in launching of an Indian
agricultural knowledge portal over the internet for sharing its research information including ETD
with the rest of the world using the latest information and communication technologies.
Practical implications – The agricultural research community will have access to the vast amount
of rare and precious literature to further research and developments in agriculture and allied sectors to
achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
Social implications – While the population of the country is heading towards 1.23 billion, Indian
agricultural scientists are engaged in increasing the food grain production to address the food security
challenge. The importance of agricultural production in the context of global competition has occupied
a significant place in the national development plan. It helps to provide right information, in right time
at right place to increase the agriculture production.
Originality/value – TheIndian agricultural knowledge portal overthe internet for sharing its research
informationincluding ETD among agriculture policymakers, scientists, etc. usinglatest ICT. The portal
helps to avoid duplication and to acquire more resources to the agriculture knowledge centres.
Keywords Digitization, ICT, Open access, ETD, Institutional repository, KrishiKosh
Paper type Research p aper
Introduction
Agriculture has always been the back bone of India’s livelihood and continues to play a
major role in the Indian economy after the green revolution of 1968. While the population
of the country is heading towards 1.23 billion, Indian agricultural scientists are
engaged in increasing the food grain production to address the food security challenge.
The importance of agricultural production in the context of global competition has
occupied a significant place in the national development plan.
The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at
www.emeraldinsight.com/0143-5124.htm
Received 30 August2013
Revised 11 September2013
Accepted 16 September2013
Library Management
Vol. 35 No.4/5, 2014
pp. 345-354
rEmeraldGroup Publishing Limited
0143-5124
DOI 10.1108/LM-08-2013-0083
An earlier version of this paper waspresented at the 16th International Symposium on Electronic
Thesesand Dissertations (ETD),in Hong Kong, on 23-26September 2013, http://lib.hku.hk/etd2013/
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KrishiKosh:
an institutional
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