The main concern for digitization is obtaining digital copy of as many manuscripts as possible so that the knowledge base can be saved before it is lost forever. The digital copies will be used for archival as well as dissemination of the knowledge base. At present NMM is facing the issues with ownership rights which stays with the Manuscript holders, for which a committee is working on coming up with a report to be submitted to the Govt. of India. The mission is working towards making the digital manuscripts contents accessible for the public at large.

      Pilot project

      The Mission started with digitization of 5 caches of manuscripts as a Pilot project. In the first phase of the pilot project approximately 39 lakh pages of manuscripts were selected for digitization. Out of these selected pages about 26 lakhs pages of 17210 Manuscripts have been digitized. The pilot project was a platform for testing the best method for digitization to be used. IGNCA (CIL), NIC, CDIT, INTACH, MSP were the organizations which were involved in the Digitization.

      The details of the digitization done under the Pilot Project
      Institution View PDF No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
      Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, Odisha PDF icon 1,749 3,49,588 Complete
      Jain Manuscripts, Luknow, U.P. PDF icon 180 42,951 Complete
      Kutiattam Manuscripts, Kerala PDF icon 340 38,260 Complete
      Oriental Research Library, J&K PDF icon 10,147 18,24,162 Complete
      Allama Iqbal Library, J&K PDF icon 365 97,648 Complete
      Sri Pratap Singh Library, J&K PDF icon 74 28,536 Complete
      Sri Shankardeva Kalakshetra, Assam PDF icon 2,286 1,58,695 Complete
      Siddha Manuscripts, Chennai -- 2,069 78,506 Complete
      Second Phase of Digitization

      The Mission has completed digitizing Manuscripts under the second phase of the digitization project. Under this project around 80000 Manuscripts were targeted for digitization. The digitization of 79.44 Lakhs pages of 89994 Manuscripts has been done in several repositories and all the manuscripts available in their collection were digitized.

      The details of the digitization done under the Second Phase
      Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
      Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, Odisha PDF icon 6,093 14,20,666 Complete
      Krishna Kanta Handique Library, Guwahati, Assam PDF icon 2,091 1,56,173 Complete
      Dr. Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh PDF icon 1,010 1,17,603 Complete
      Anandashram Sanstha, Pune, Maharashtra PDF icon 7,939 9,21,667 Complete
      Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune PDF icon 4,429 6,60,730 Complete
      French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu   506 1,70,629 Complete
      Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai, Tamil Nadu PDF icon 481 34,505 Complete
      Kundakunda Jnanapeeth, Indore, Madhya Pradesh PDF icon 7,506 11,56,373 Complete
      Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, Delhi PDF icon 22,907 10,64,900 Complete
      Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Parishad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh -- 12,887 4,58,376 Complete
      Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad -- 1,545 1,65,220 Complete
      Himachal Academy, Simla, Himachal Pradesh -- 225 55,751 Complete
      Vrindavan Research Institute, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh PDF icon 22,375 15,61,864 Complete
      Third Phase of Digitization

      NMM completed the IIIrd Phase of Digitization of Manuscripts in several repositories and collections throughout the country. The tender document for digitization of Manuscripts under the third phase was published in the website and the advertisement for the same was published in the leading newspapers throughout the country. In this phase NMM targeted to digitize one crore pages in different repositories. The digitization of 80.19 Lakhs pages of 1.02 Lakhs Manuscripts has been done

      The details of the digitization done under the Third Phase
      Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
      Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune, Maharashtra 22,873 14,50,375 Complete
      Anandashram Samstha, Pune, Maharashtra 6,734 3,27,484 Complete
      Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Maharashtra 35 22,679 Complete
      Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 35,020 25,76,879 Complete
      Jamia Hamdard 4,200 10,10,273 Complete
      VVBIS, Hosiarpur 1,500 1,14,376 Complete
      Orissa State Museum , Bhubaneswar, Odisha 3,175 6,03,142 Complete
      National Mission for Manuscripts, Delhi 562 1,21,329 Complete
      Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Rajasthan 28,813 17,92,864 Complete
      Fourth Phase of Digitization

      NMM started the IVth Phase of Digitization of Manuscripts in several repositories and collections throughout the country. The tender document for digitization of Manuscripts under the fourth phase was published in the website and the advertisement for the same was published in the leading newspapers throughout the country. In this phase NMM targeted to digitize one crore pages in different repositories. The digitization work is almost complete in many repositories.

      The details of the digitization done under the Fourth Phase
      Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
      Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 9,151 5,42,235 Complete
      Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Bikaner, Rajasthan 6,158 3,09,502 Complete
      Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Kota, Rajasthan 9,716 10,36,252 Complete
      Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Alwar, Rajasthan 1,957 3,01,639 Complete
      Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 11,442 7,33,501 Complete
      Patna Museum, Patna, Bihar 856 1,71,158 Complete
      Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 16,382 13,32,629 Complete
      Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Maharashtra 7,553 10,25,646 Work in Progress
      Vadodara Oriental Research Institute, Vadodara, Gujarat 23,254 21,23,055 Work in Progress

       

      Till now the digitization of 2,61,57,821 pages of 2,96,585 Manuscripts has been completed.

      New digitization standards were prepared which are to be followed for digitization in the IIIrd Phase. The standards were made considering the international level of digitization and the latest technology being followed with contributions from NIC, New Delhi, CIL, IGNCA and National Archives, New Delhi.

      Digitization of New Catalogus Catalogorum volumes

      The Mission, in collaboration with University of Madras, Chennai is currently digitizing the existing volumes of New Catalogus Catalogorum (NCC). The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The content will also be made searchable.

      The ‘ Manuscript Treasures of India '

      The Mission also plans to digitize 45 most valuable and rare manuscripts in the country which were selected in the Vijnananidhi.

      National Digital Manuscripts Library

      The mission has proposed a project for National Digital Manuscripts Library. For the first time in history, all the significant literary, artistic, and scientific works of mankind can be digitally preserved and made easily available for our culture, research, education, and appreciation and also for all our future generations. The aim is to setup a Digital Manuscripts Library of India which will foster creativity and easy access to all human knowledge in the form of Manuscripts of this country. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Digital Manuscripts Library with a searchable collection of many valuable Manuscripts, predominantly in Indian languages, available at a one place. This digital library will also become an aggregator of all the knowledge and digital contents created by other digital library initiatives in India. Very soon we expect that this library would provide a gateway to Indian Digital Manuscripts Libraries in science, arts, culture, music, traditional medicine, vedas, tantras and many more disciplines. The result will be a unique resource accessible to everyone, without regard to socio-economic background or nationality.

       

      NMM in collaboration with NIC has developed a user-friendly web application for entering meta-data online and accessing the Manuscripts details through a dedicated search engine. The Meta data will be uploaded in the cloud server along with the digital images to be interlinked for providing easy access to digital Manuscripts for a wide public to be used for research and study of various subjects. NMM has developed software taking into account the diversity of scripts, material on which they are written and subjects to which they refer. Such software would enable efficient management of data about custodial institutions, descriptive catalogues, subject directories, preservation status of manuscripts and for accessing the digital images through the search engine and incorporating the same in the digital library. It is being planned to set up a state of the art Digital Manuscript Library at New Delhi with the capacity for 10 users initially (to be expanded upto 100 users) to facilitate access to this knowledge base. Users are expected to access data from a Data Centre through desktop PCs. New data is expected to be added to the storage servers on a daily basis. It is also required that the Data Centre adhere to international standards of data storage, redundancy, uptime, and availability.