As part of national policy of digitization of Bangladesh, almost all the government agencies are now digitally enabled and the process is ongoing. To add to these measures, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and its related agencies have taken various measures to digitize their various institutions, offices and related services.
As part of digitisation of the National Archives, customized archival software has been introduced.Similarly, in the National Library,Greenstone and Koha software have been introduced. These software has helped to provide better scanning and customer services.
As part of the upgradation, the Bangla Academy (which is the national institution for publishing books in Bangladesh) has replaced the old machinesin its presswith new ones. Additionally,the Bangladesh ShilpakalaAcademy has established a digital archive to preserve national and international drama, musical events, music, film and documentaries. Moreover, the Bangladesh ShilpakalaAcademy has taken the initiative of ensuring digitization of its regional offices. As a result, now all the 64 district offices of the Bangladesh ShilpakalaAcademyhave computers, scanners and printers with internet services.
Furthermore,the Bangladesh National Museumhas introduced e-ticketing since 2018. In addition, online ticketing service is also available from 2019. As part of the upgradation of services since 2012, the National Museum has started working on a database and the work is ongoing; till date, the National Museumhas included nearly 100,000artefacts in an online database. Additionally, to provide better access to the library of the Bangladesh National Museum, the government has introduced Koha software and the digital catalogue is now available;this is an ongoing programme.
To add to this,since 2017, theNational Museumhas introduced a virtual gallery. The main objective of the project is to provide access to the museum's artefacts and emblems displayed through its 45 existing galleries. Now, due to wide nationwide telecom networks and internet services, people from any corner of the country can access these services through internet. It is to cater to those citizens who are living outside Dhaka city and overseas that this project was implemented, as part of the digitization of National Museum's services.
The National Archive has provided 123,831 pages of scanned documents and through these, it has provided references to 503 researchers as per needed. Through the National Library, 125,703 pages were scanned along with 10137 data are entered for future references; along with these, 7918 writers and publishers were provided with ISBN number. Furthermore, 20,936 persons were provided with customer services.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
With the help from A2i (a project of UNDP), the Bangladesh National Museum has implemented this project. Near about 21,00,000 Taka was invested. A2i has given 16,00,000 and rest was from the National Museum. The gallery is available via the museum's website.
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Bangladesh National Museum