Arts & Entertainment

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives becomes world’s first Trusted Digital Repository

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 21, 2018

The National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA,) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository.
The certificate is granted by the Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom. Leveraging this historic achievement, the plan for the next phase is to integrate about 300,000 hours of audiovisual materials, a corpus estimate based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country, on this platform over the next five years.
“I congratulate IGNCA for this remarkable achievement. The Digital India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched on July 1, 2015, is aimed at connecting rural India with high-speed internet networks and improving digital literacy. This will boost the accessibility of the NCAA up to the remotest corner of the country and help preserve India’s rich culture throughout its length and breadth,” Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma said.
The primary objective of the NCAA is to identify and preserve the cultural heritage of India available in audio-visual 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 By March 2018, a corpus of 30,000 hours of unpublished, non-commercial audio & video recordings will be made online at, out of which approximately 15,000 hours are already hosted online along with contextual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Over 23,000 hours of unpublished audio-visual recordings have already been digitized.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.
At present, NCAA has a total of 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.
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has been set up by the Union Government, as 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 has been designated as the nodal agency for a data bank on art, humanities and cultural heritage. The Centre has also been identified by UNESCO as the nodal agency for the development of regional databases for South and South East Asian countries on art, cultural heritage and lifestyles through the application of state-of-the-art technologies for standardization, exchange and dissemination of data.
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