VALA2006 Plenary 3 Balakrishnan

VALA2006 Keynote SpeakerUniversal Digital Library – connecting users to digital contents

Narayanaswamy BalakrishnanVALA 2008 PLENARY 3: Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan
Thursday 9 February 2006, 09:00 – 10:15
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Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan

Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science

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The Universal Digital Library epitomises international collaboration with partners from USA, China, Egypt and Australia spanning academia, Government and religious institutions as stakeholders. Nearly 600,000 books have been scanned so far and most of them are available for free browsing.

Discuss the Indian Language Technology Research that was stimulated by the vast information base made available by the UDL project. The efforts to connect the users to content using mobile vans, Internet based dissemination and the personalised Digital collections are compared. The talk concludes with the discussion on the issue of copyright and presents a novel idea of a “Consortium for Compensating for Creating Contents” – the FourCs.