Panel coined for preserving e-contents

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 July 2008, 12:24 Hrs
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New Delhi: Realizing the long term use of digital contents, India is now looking to initiate programs to preserve such contents, reported The Economic Tmes. Initially, Ministry of Communication and Information technology has set up a committee on National Digital Preservation Program (NDPP).

The committee is expected to submit its report in the next three months and final recommendations would come out after six months following an international workshop on the same.

PS Narotra, director, department of IT, said "We would call all the international organizations and Indian stakeholders to have a discussion, and it would give us a direction to formulate our plans further."

The use of digital information is increasing from day to day as it covers almost all walks of human life such as education, research, governance, health, commerce, financial sector, multimedia, audio and video. Such information mostly will have long term use. For instance Pharmaceutical companies need off-line electronic data storage for 50 to 100 years for research and development purposes while in aerospace industry, aircraft designs have to be retained for the lifetime of each aircraft (30+ years). Besides this, scientific and cultural is kept forever to enhance research and track changes in the Earth and the cosmos.

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