October 7, 2017 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh: Panjab Digital Library (PDL) has announced to allow downloads from its website. The facility comes at no cost to users following the NGO’s policy of providing free access to the plethora of data.
In a press release, the PDL handlers said [c]onsidering the constant demand of users, initially about 1300 pamphlets have been made downloadable. This will help people read those from their devices at leisure. It also allows users to distribute the documents in their networks thus maximizing the outreach, which is also one of our objectives.
The pamphlets cover expanse of all the nooks and corners of Panjab and span of over a century, which help in mapping the history and culture of Panjab temporally as well as spatially. Many of these pamphlets belong to the pre-partition era.
Davinder Pal Singh, co-founder of PDL said, “Priority was given to pamphlets as they are a bit special. Books are generally published at a larger scale, and possibility of their availability in institutional as well as personal libraries makes it still easier to get hold of them. Pamphlets, on the other hand, are usually printed by individuals or organization on a smaller scale. Usually a few hundred copies of pamphlets are printed and are mostly distributed amongst the community free of cost. Most of these generally remain unpreserved thus making them unavailable for research.” He further added, “The download facility for pamphlets has been supported by Mr G B Singh of Galaxy Developers who generously chose to sponsor this, and PDL now looks ahead to get sponsors for the other categories to be made available for free downloads.”
“PDL will estimate and analyze the load on its server and its bandwidth usage before taking decision to make more categories downloadable. If the results allow extending the facility to the other categories, PDL will be glad to make PDFs available for other categories in future”, added Gurvinder Singh, a Board Member from USA, “PDL also takes this opportunity to appeal to individuals and organizations to share their collection of pamphlets for digitization. This will help us add more to the knowledge base and share invaluable treasures of heritage.”
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