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INFLIBNET services 02 January, 2012

Dr. Jagdish Arora

Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET led the weekly discussion on 2nd January 2013 with his talk on INFLIBNET services.

Mission

INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network) started as a project in 1991. In 1996, it became a UGC centre. The mission of INFLIBNET is to create a virtual network of people and resources. INFLIBNET provides seamless, reliable and ubiquitous access to scholarly, peer reviewed electronic resources. It builds and strengthens ICT infrastructure in educational institutions and develop systems for secure and convenient access management enabling users to access information from anywhere.

Connectivity

The main activities of INFLIBNET are Connectivity and Content. UGC Infonet Internet Connectivity provides 10Mbps to 182 universities. Now NME-ICT and NKN is giving 1Gbps connectivity to universities and 10Mbps connectivity to colleges.

Content

Through UGC Infonet Digital consortium, 7500 journals and 11 bibliographic databases can be accessed by 320+ universities and members. 200 colleges subscribe to each subscription from Infonet. N-LIST by NME-ICT provides access to 5000 journals and 80,000 books to about 2400 colleges.

Open Access

INFLIBNET also provides open access to various scholarly resources.

“ShodhGanga” is a repository of Indian PhD theses.

“ShodhGangotri” is a repository of Indian Research in progress.

“ShodhSagar” is a unified index of research articles.

“OJAS”, built on open source, lets scholars start their own open access journals

“Info Portal” lets open access of Indian E-Resources.

Access Management by a Shibboleth based Federated Access provides off –campus access to e-resources from anywhere on any internet enabled device.

“SOUL” is a state of the art library management software.

Future Direction

INFLIBNET is growing to become an umbrella organization for all government funded consortia in India.

In the coming days, INFLIBNET is pushing to enable all academic institutes to have access to e-resources as an academic right.

INFLIBNET is working to expand N-LIST to all colleges.

In the future, INFLIBNET wishes to develop multimedia content as well.