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National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository

Context:

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project 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.

Nodal Ministry:

Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Implemented by :

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)

Know about National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project:

Objective:

  • 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.
  • By March 2018, a corpus of 30,000 hours of unpublished, non-commercial audio & video recordings will be made online at http://ncaa.gov.in/repository, out of which approximately 15,000 hours are already hosted online along with contextual metadata, representing the cultural diversity of India in the broadest sense.
  • Over 23,000 hours of unpublished audiovisual recordings have already been digitized.
  • NCAA pilot digital repository was developed in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation by C-DAC, Pune.
  • NCAA digital repository is established with and powered by DIGITĀLAYA (डिजिटालय) which is developed by C-DAC Pune in compliance with Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model ISO 14721:2012.
  • At present, NCAA has a total of twenty-one (21) Partnering Institutions from across the country, covering 11 governmental and 10 non-governmental cultural organisations.
  • The digitization and metadata standards followed by the Project are in parity with international standards within the overall framework of the OAIS model.
  • The digitization standards are in concordance with those prescribed by the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and the metadata schema is extended Dublin Core, followed by galleries, libraries, archives and museums worldwide

Know about Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts:

  • It  has been set up by the Government of India, as a premier research institute dedicated to holistic understanding and expression of Indian arts in their inter and multi-disciplinary nature.

AIM:

To serve as a major national resource centre for the arts.

  • The IGNCA has been designated by the Government of India as 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.

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