Ministry of Human Resource Development under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology has initiated the National Digital Library (NDL) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. Filtered and federated searching is employed to facilitate focused searching so that learners can find out the right resource with least effort and in minimum time and Educational materials are available for users ranging from primary to post-graduate levels, NDL is designed to hold content of any language and provides interface support for leading vernacular languages (currently Hindi and Bengali). It is being arranged to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular form of access devices and differently-abled learners. It is being developed to help students to prepare for entrance and competitive examination, to enable people to learn and prepare from best practices from all over the world and to facilitate researchers to perform inter-linked exploration from multiple sources. The pilot project is devising a framework suitable for future scale up with respect to content volume and diversity to become a full-blown National Digital Library of India over time. It is being developed at IIT Kharagpur to improve Educational materials are available for users ranging from primary to post-graduate levels.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):-
Which web browser(s) can I use to access the NDL system?
You can access the NDL system using any of the browsers mentioned below-
Google Chrome ver 38 or above
Mozilla Firefox ver 40 or above
Internet Explorer ver 10 or above
Opera ver 29 or above
Safari ver 8 or above
How do I get access to NDL?
An individual or institute can simply type in the URL into a common web browser to access the NDL system. Rendering of some contents may require additional software plugins to be installed at client end. Do I need a user-id, password to log into the NDL system?
The NDL system is accessible to all users for general browsing. However, one needs to register with a user id and password and login using those for accessing some classified materials.
Is there any registration fee required for accessing NDL?
The NDL project is all about knowledge dissemination and there is no fee attached for accessing the digital library. Do I need any special hardware/accessories to access NDL?
No special hardware or accessories are required to access NDL. NDL can be accessed from devices like PC, Laptop, Mobile devices supporting any web browser. However you will need internet connectivity to access NDL. NDL is not available through physical media such as CD-ROM.
Once I have registered into the NDL system, will I have access to all the materials free of cost?
Access to the NDL system is free of charge. However, this will lead the user to the materials which may reside on other institutions’ servers. Accessing these will be determined by the policy of those institutions and their access rules.
Can I access NDL as an individual or does it have to be through an institutional membership only?
There is no restriction on the accessibility of the NDL system. It can be accessed by an individual or institute member equally well. However access to full text content in many cases (e.g. Springer publisher content) may require institutional membership.
Can I access NDL on my mobile device?
This service will not be there in our initial launch. However, in our subsequent launches, NDL would be accessible on mobile devices using a common web browser on any of the operating systems IOS, Android or Windows. We will be continually optimizing the NDL website to provide the best mobile user experience.
Contact Address/Phone Nember:
- National Digital Library Project Central Library (ISO-9001:2008 Certified) Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,India - 721302
- Phone: +91-3222-282435
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