The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Kalanidhi Division in collaboration with DSquare Technologies (Certified DuraSpace Contributor for DSpace) hosted a “DSpace Users Group Meeting and Training Workshop” on 3-4 December, 2018.

Key objectives of the event included bringing the local user community together and enhancing their understanding of DSpace based on experiences of users and practitioners.

DSpace  is an  open source  repository application typically used to create solutions for easy and secured digital access and long-term preservation of texts and images. One of the main use cases for
the solution is open access  repositories for scholarly digital content. DSpace Open Source software is developed by a growing community of developers committed to continuously expanding and improving the software. It’s also a recommended solution for Digital Archives as per the Government of India’s Open source solution framework.

Shri Shravan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, inaugurated the programme. While speaking on the occasion, he emphasized that Kalanidhi is the leading repository of research and reference Resources in Humanities and Arts and such academic activities must be continued to benefit the masses. Dr. Ramesh C Gaur, HoD (Kalanidhi) gave the welcome speech. Almost 100 users, professionals and students from all over India attended the User group meeting to gain understanding of the concepts and best practices for using DSpace as a Digital Library system.

The User Group meeting was followed by a day-long training session on DSpace conducted by the expert team of DSquare Technologies.