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Paper 78_elpub2009:
Digital Divide and Digitization Initiatives in Pakistan: A Bird's Eye View

id 78_elpub2009
authors Muhammad, Ahsan
year 2009
title Digital Divide and Digitization Initiatives in Pakistan: A Bird's Eye View
source ELPUB2009. Rethinking Electronic Publishing: Innovation in Communication Paradigms and Technologies - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing held in Milano, Italy 10-12 June 2009 / Edited by: Susanna Mornati and Turid Hedlund. ISBN 978-88-6134-326-6, 2009, pp. 515-520
summary The process of digitization in libraries of Pakistan is at a very initial stage. Pakistan is lagging behind developed countries due to many reasons such as: funding, computer illiteracy and expertise in digitization. However, some institutions like the Higher Education Commission, the Punjab University Library, the National Library of Pakistan and some private organizations are doing digitization. In social sciences, digitization is being done to preserve the cultural heritage of manuscripts and other old literature related to the history and culture of Pakistan. There are nearly 0.15 million manuscripts in Pakistan in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Sindhi and Sanskrit languages. Some are available in libraries of Pakistan while others are in Personal collections. Bibliographies of most of these manuscripts are available. Hence, there is a great need and opportunity to digitize this literature. This paper presents a status report on digitization initiatives in Pakistan.
keywords Digital divide; Digitalization; Manuscripts; Pakistan; HEC
series ELPUB:2009
type short paper
email matahami@pla.org.pk
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