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National Digital Library of Bhutan

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National Digital Library of Bhutan

A collaboration between Department of Information Technology, the University of Virginia, and other Bhutanese stakeholder agencies.

Stakeholder Agencies
  • Department of Information Technology;
  • Ministry of Education;
  • Dzongkha Development Commission;
  • Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs;
  • Centre for Bhutan Studies;
  • Department of Survey & Land Records;
  • National Statistics Bureau;
  • Department of Tourism;
  • Institute of Language & Cultural Studies;
  • National Library of Bhutan;
  • Royal University of Bhutan;
  • National Institute of Zorigchusum;
  • Department of Information & Media;
  • The Tibetan & Himalayan Digital Library (THDL); and
  • University of Virginia.
Goals
  • To create a powerful digital library for use by all Bhutan government agencies & schools;
  • To provide tools for long term storage and delivery of text, images, audio-video, place information, maps, and reference resources;
  • To publish extensive Bhutanese content on web;
  • To localize interfaces and content with Dzongkha;
  • To use open source technologies and open content models for free access;
  • To apply THDL technology for deployment of Bhutanese content;
  • To enable quick deployment by adapting extant software and co-developing new software with THDL;
  • To build long term partnership with UVa on building technology;
  • Share content so that Bhutanese content can be seen in relationship to Himalayan regions overall; and
  • To make content available on high bandwidth (DIT) and outside (UVa) of Bhutan.
Objectives for establishment of Digital Library
  • Use ICT to help preserve and promote cultural heritage;
  • Coordinate and standardize the work involved in preservation and promoting the cultural heritage;
  • Dissemination of knowledge/information; and
  • Preserve written, oral and material form of Bhutanese heritage and culture.
Beneficiaries
  • Tourists;
  • Scholars/students;
  • Bhutanese Locals; and
  • Researchers.
Acknowledgement to Content Contributors
Many thanks to following content contributors:
  • ILCS - For providing videos and pictures on different rituals from around the country.
  • Francoise Pommaret - For providing pictures on festivals in Bhutan.
  • DDC - For providing Dzongkha-Dzongkha, Dzongkha-English, English-Dzongkha dictionaries.
  • DoT - For providing pictures from different part of the country.
  • Department of Survey & Land Records - For providing contents consisting of shape files & satellite images for Bhutan (30m resolution).