National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.
Leveraging this historic achievement, the plan for the next phase is to integrate about three lakh hours of audiovisuals materials, a corpus estimated based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country, on this platform over the next five years.
- A large volume of India’s cultural wealth is stored in audiovisual form is an invaluable national heritage which had no systematic and modern preservation technologies.
- Ministry of Culture in 12th Five Year plan proposed a project for the archiving of the cultural audio-visual materials.
- Ministry of Culture, vide letter dated 3rd April 2014, accorded sanction for the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project at the IGNCA.
- The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is entrusted to implement the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives project.
- The primary objective of the NCAA is to identify and preserve the cultural heritage of India available in audiovisual form through a process of digitization and making it accessible to the people.
- NCAA has a total of twenty-one (21) Partnering Institutions from across the country, covering 11 governmental and 10 non-governmental cultural organisations.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
- IGNCA is a premier research institute dedicated to holistic understanding and expression of Indian arts in their inter and multi-disciplinary nature.
- One of the principal aims of the centre is to serve as a major national resource centre for the arts.
- The IGNCA is the nodal agency for a data bank on art, humanities and cultural heritage.
- The Centre has also been identified by UNESCO as nodal agency for the development of regional databases for South and South East Asian countries on art, cultural heritage and life-styles through the application of state-of-the-art technologies for standardization, exchange and dissemination of data.