Digital preservation of govt records

As part of the ambitious project, funded by Department of Information Technology, C-DAC and NAI have jointly set up a Centre for excellence for digital preservation.

Updated: Jul 02, 2011, 11:14 AM IST

Pune: In an important futuristic project,
aimed at preserving electronic public records generated
through e-governance initiatives of the Central government,
the city-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
(C-DAC), has signed an MoU with the National Archives of India
(NAI), New Delhi, for development of an applicable software
for the purpose.

This MoU has been signed as part of the project of
`Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation` sanctioned by
the Department of Information Technology, MCIT, Government of
India. This project will be handled by Human-Centred Design
and Computing (HCDC) Group of C-DAC, which specialises in
digital preservation and archival, according to Dinesh Katre,
Associate director, HCDC group here.

Elaborating on the project, he said, "Our endeavour would
be to equip NAI for preserving the electronic records produced
through various e-governance initiatives. Digital preservation
is the need of the future but we have to start preparing from
today itself as the enormous amount of digital information
produced in every field is threatened due to rapidly changing
technologies and obsolescence of storage devices, file
formats, hardware and software. The implementation of the MoU
will enable the NAI to develop the technical capabilities for
digital preservation and acceptance of records."

As part of the ambitious project, funded by Department of
Information Technology, C-DAC and NAI have jointly set up a
Centre for excellence for digital preservation (CEDP) here to
create a machinery to archive the electronic public records of
the government.

"This project, after completion of its first three year
phase, will benefit the common people with an enhanced
accessibility and retrieval of public records, and also help
those who seek information under the RTI act," Katre said.

PTI