Creating Institutional Repositories and Digital Libraries Using UNESCO’s GenISIS

Raman Nair, R. Creating Institutional Repositories and Digital Libraries Using UNESCO’s GenISIS., 2006 . In Workshop on Managing e-Document Collections Using UNESCO’s WINISIS/GENISIS, Kottayam, India, 11-12 October 2006. [Conference paper]


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This is an introductory lecture given at the GenISIS workshop. States that Library and Information Systems are the areas influenced to the maximum by ICT; that also with an unprecedented speed. The publication and distribution of books and journals, their acquisition and organization in libraries, and providing services using them are presently undergoing revolutionary changes. When we purchase a book or journal we have numerous choices like printed version, digital version, and downloadable version, annual subscription for access etc. Libraries also have to ensure bibliographical control of, as well as accessibility of the published research work of the parent institution. GenISIS developed by UNESCO can be used for many such functions including provision documentation services, e-publishing as well as for launching Institutional Repositories. GenISIS can be used for applications at various levels from that of an individual researcher to that of an organization like the university library. Now a researcher or Librarian not having sufficient knowledge to manage and use e-documents cannot work effectively. A personal e-document collection developed by the researcher during literature search/research is to be managed by him/her in a retrievable way. Collections of published papers resulting from in house research are to be organized with search, copying and retrieval facilities by Librarians. Institutional Repositories of such documents are also to be made available through the web. Most commercial solutions available for such work are complex systems which require training to use and experts to configure. GenISIS can provide to researchers and information professionals the required capacity for developing and managing e-Documents and Digital Libraries using WINISIS, making them accessible with search mechanisms over Intranet and nternet using GenISISWEB, and publishing them with search engine in CDROMs using GenISISCD. These are all simple and easy to use open source packages from UNESCO. Opines that the packages offered free of cost by UNESCO can be utilized even in village libraries to build of local digital archives of heritage items.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: UNESCO, CDS/ISIS, WINISIS, GenISIS, GenISISCD, GenISISWEB, digital library, archive, institutional repository
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HL. Databases and database Networking.
L. Information technology and library technology
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HM. OPACs.
I. Information treatment for information services
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HI. Electronic Media.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HK. Online hosts.
Depositing user: R. Raman Nair
Date deposited: 09 Jan 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:05


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