The project held its first digitization workshop and consultancy meeting for archives and libraries on November 12, 13 and 14 in Bangalore. It was attended by 24 participants from Goa, the North East, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and held at the premises of CSDS.

The workshop included discussions of legal and user rights questions that arise in the time of digital technology, and basic training sessions on library cataloguing. It discussed the formation of a consortium of institutions that possess historical collections. In this connection, the issues brought up included common software requirements, the nature of technical training required by different institutions, ethical and legal fair use guidelines for institutions and their users, copyright and the nature of administrative and decision-making processes for both state and private institutions.

The workshop benefited from presentations by Lawrence Liang from the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, on copyright issues, Sunil Abraham from the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, on issues related to open source and software, and Nishant Shah, also from the Centre for Internet and Society, on the need to recognize the significance of user contributions enabled by digital cataloguing with enhanced user interface. Ashish Rajadhyaksha


Miss Trupti Naik
& Miss Minakshi Khandolkar

Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendra, Porvorim, Goa (TSKK)

Mr. Dhyaneshwar Parsekar
Mapusa Municipal Library/Biblioteca Ataide, Goa.

Mr. Fredy Fernandes
& Mr David Kumar

Rachol Seminary, near Margao, Goa

Mr. Vikrant Malwankar


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