National Seminar on Information and Knowledge Dissemination: Present Status and Future Direction [ IKD-2011 ; May 6-7, 2011]
This two-day seminar was held within CGCRI premises. The objective of the seminar was to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and skills on present practices relevant to information professionals in India with a global perspective. The seminar also provided an opportunity to discuss the trends of knowledge dissemination, their drivers and the impact on society.
Chief Guest in the inaugural session was Dr Sabyasachi Sengupta, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology while. Dr Gangan Prathap, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi and Dr Raj Hirwani, Head, CSIR-URDIP, Pune graced the occasion as Guest of Honour and Distinguished Guest respectively.
The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Indranil Manna, Director, CSIR-CGCRI, Kolkata who extended warm greetings to all the delegates. The keynote address, was delivered by the Guest of Honour Dr Gangan Prathap, on the topic Educate the Masses. While the plenary lecture was delivered on the topic Community Knowledge Management in Knowledge Society by Prof. A Neelameghan, Former Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore In addition, four invited talk were delivered by eminent information professionals.
There Seminar was divided into five technical session, These were (i) Knowledge Dissemination Mechanism and Practices in Knowledge Resource Centre, (ii)Right to Information Act; Information User and Knowledge Dissemination in Digital Era; Issues involved in Indigenous Knowledge Dissemination; IPR and Knowledge Dissemination (iii) E-Resource Sharing, (iv)Knowledge Processing; Content Organization; Resource Description Framework (RDF); Digital Library/Repository; Role of Web 2.0 in Information Dissemination: Blog, Wiki and (v)Open Access and Knowledge Dissemination; Scholarly Communication; Grey Literature etc; Institutional Repositories: Case Studies. In all, seventy one excellent contributory papers were presented and four invited talk were delivered by the eminent information professional. Out of total 71 contributory papers received, 58 were being presented and discussed in the seminar.
The valedictory speech was delivered by Prof. P. N. Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. In his valedictory speech, the Prof. Ghosh highlighted evolution of library and information science and stated that this multidisciplinary domain has gained momentum and included information technology in its territory. He also stated that this type of seminar would prove fruitful for further development of the subject as well as society..
The seminar was attended by the around 150 eminent librarians and information professionals from every corner of India. The seminar received financial assistance from country’s top Institutions namely the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR), Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Directorate of Extramural Research & Intellectual Property Rights (DRDO), Jadavpur University, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and few local publishers.