Report: Training on “Open Source Tools for Digital Archives”

Bahria University Islamabad and LISolutions jointly organized a One Day Training on “Open Source Tools and Techniques for Digital Archives” at Bahria University, Islamabad on Saturday March 12, 2011 (09:00 AM to 6:00 PM).  More than 25 (Twenty Five) library professionals participated in this training.

Training was started with the name of Almighty Allah with a simple but graceful inauguration ceremony.  Mr. Ata ur Rehman (From LISolutions) was the lead trainer.  While the other trainers were Mr. Sher Afzal (Bahria University, Islamabad) and Mr. M. Shafiq Rana (SECP, Islamabad).

After the inauguration, Mr. Shafiq Rana gave an impressive presentation on “Introduction to digital archives: GSDL, DSpace, EPrints and Copyright”.  He presented a comparison between different Open Source tools for managing digital archives.

Second session was on “Cataloging of digital contents and Metadata”.  This lecture was presented by Mr. Sher Afzal.  He presented the difference between the cataloging of hard form bibliographic material and digital material.  Also different types of Metadata, METS, Dublin Core, Qualified Dublin Core and AGLS was the main focus of this presentation.

Last two sessions were conducted by Mr. Ata ur Rehman (Open Source Tools for Digital Contents and Step-by-step guide about how to create digital archive) followed by practical session in which participants got hands on training about the installation of Open Source Software (GSDL) and its basic configuration.

At the end of this event, participants also presented their views about this learning activity.  Professionals found this training very effective and useful. In closing session of this training, certificates were distributed among the participants.

Presentation Slides can be downloaded here

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