May 21, 2022

India: Indian Railways Plans to Digitize its Archive of About 25 Million Pages

From The Times of India:

India_railways_logoThe Indian Railways has kick-started a massive effort to digitise its archives across the country that will cover about 25 million pages of railway history.

As an initial step, 2.2 million pages of the archival material of the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi and Rail Museum at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu will be archived, an official told PTI.


Archival materials consist of documents, orders, timetables, photographs, technical diagrams, engineering drawings, letters, annual reports, books, manuals.


In the first phase of the project, officials said, the ministry will establish a standard metadata protocol for digitization of railway records, scanning printed documents in digital format for storage and archival purpose and create a backbone IT infrastructure (central repository) at National Rail Museum (NRM), New Delhi, for storing the data.

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