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Title: A Public Library of India
Mr. Carl Malamud, Public.Resource.Org
Date & Time: May 13, 2019 15:00
Venue: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, F. C. Kohli Auditorium, 01st Floor, Kanwal Rekhi (KReSIT) Building
Abstract:
Can India lead a global revolution in access to knowledge? In this talk, Carl Malamud will discuss his efforts in India to take some small initial steps to change how we access information. He'll discuss public interest litigation in the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi with two co-petitioners to make all Indian standards available. In Bengaluru, the Indian Academy of Sciences has embarked on an ambitious program to digitize scientific literature, a program which will soon expand to other kinds of institutions in Chennai and other locations, a program driven by the Servants of Knowledge, a volunteer group. And, in Delhi, 500 tbytes of disk is spinning at JNU and IIT Delhi, the beginnings of a research facility for big data and text mining as well as a distribution depot for moving content throughout India. Carl will explain who these components are part of his vision for what might become a Public Library of India, making available the history, culture, science, and law of India to all students and all citizens.
Speaker Profile:
Carl Malamud is the founder and president of Public Resource, a US-based non-governmental organization. In 1993, Carl created the first radio station on the Internet. He has been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and is the recipient of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award and the Berkman Award from Harvard University. He is the author of 9 books. A pointer to some of his work in India: https://thewire.in/tech/interview-little-usb-holds-19000-indian-standards-not-made-public
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