All education documents in one place in soft version -- this is the purpose of the Digital Archives of Education Documents being developed and housed in NIEPA. This digital archives/repository provides access to all education documents under one roof, so that no researcher, policy planner, policy analyst and students dealing with education needs to go anywhere else.



The Digital Archives is intended to be a major source of reference and research on all aspects, sectors and levels of the education system since independence. It would be an authentic source of information based on the original documents. The documents in the Digital Archives are scanned by a high end scanner, cleaned – making it as new document, and uploaded with all basic details, including a brief description of the document. The collections in the NIEPA Digital Archives are all government documents and its constituent institutions and agencies – documents in the public domain. Therefore, there are no copy right issues involved or violated as would happened when including private individual’s books or works.



TThe Digital Archives has used the latest ICT for design (including high-end fully automatic digital scanner), storage and retrieval of digital documents. Digital Repository Management Software –DSpace, version 10 -- is used with multiple search options like author, title, subject, keywords, place, year, etc. The versatility of DSpace version 10 is elaborated later.



The documents in the Digital Archives are accessible to all users through the intranet at NIEPA. It can be accessed by mobile phone, i-pad, laptop and desktop computers. All users will be able to get a feel of the range and variety of the documents in the Digital Archives as well as get access to the full documents -- download, print, etc.



The Digital Archives aims to generate a Community of Users as an extended face of NIEPA. The Digital Archives has provisions for sharing it among its doctoral students and periodic interactions with the Users/education personnel attending research methodology and training/orientation programmes in NIEPA for feedback and suggestions for its further development.