HRD Ministry launches portal, BHARATAVANI

The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Wednesday announced the launch of a multilingual knowledge portal www.bharatavani.in, an official statement said.

In this context, the Bharatavani Project (BvP), a knowledge initiative is launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. This Project aims to build a searchable knowledge repository in and about all the languages in India in multimedia (text, audio, video, images) formats through an online portal. The Bharatavani Portal will be accessible to all sections of society. The Project is being implemented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru, Karnataka. The Portal offers open knowledge under fair usage clauses of The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, for educational purposes.

Providing available knowledge already created by the Government and publicly funded institutions all over India, and putting it across for the public usage, by deploying robust, interactive, user friendly web tools will be the main thrust of the Bharatavani Project. The Project will be guided by a National Advisory Committee and a Technology Advisory Committee, besides Language Editorial Committees in each of the languages. The MHRD seeks active participation of the knowledge organisations, individuals in this ambitious project resulting in a massive social movement of knowledge sharing.

The Bharatavani Portal would publish the content in the following main sections:

1. PaaThyapustaka Kosha: Textbooks
2. Jnana Kosha : Knowledge base (Digitisation underway)
3. Shabda Kosha: Dictionaries
4. Bhasha Kosha : Language learning
5. Suchanaa Praudyogikii Kosha : IT tools (Linked to TDIL)
6. Bahumaadhyama Kosha: Multimedia

Along with the portal, the Ministry has also launched the Bharatavani Multi-lingual app. This will enable users to search for one language text in another language as well as get meanings in different languages. Currently, the app has 35 multilingual dictionaries.

Source | Business Line | 26 May 2016

Darwin’s library now available online

Books that Charles Darwin had with him during the five journeys that he spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle are now reconstructed and available online. Darwin’s collection comprised more than 1,95,000 pages and covered a range of topics. Moreover, he took both fiction and non-fiction to occupy his mind on his travels, including history books, geological studies and atlases joined by literature.

The geologist was also a multilingual person, so the books that he brought were written in varying languages. 125 of the books in the collection were in English, 38 were in French, nine were in Spanish, seven were in German, one was in Latin, and one was in Greek.

Researchers at the University of Singapore, gathered, transcribed and uploaded the library on Darwin’s website called Darwin Online, where the users can search through the catalog to find particular topic.

The illustrations in the collection appeared to be very interesting as both science and fantasy seem to be represented in them, with geological diagrams of mountains and animal skeletons included alongside inaccurate maps and portraits of 18th century tribals.

QUANDL: THE EASIEST WAY TO FIND & USE NUMERICAL DATA ON THE INTERNET

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Protocol Exchange

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Keep informed about advances in structural biology and structural genomics. Discover how protein sequences, three-dimensional structures and models relate to biological function. Stay up to date with the latest protocols, materials and technologies.

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Open access therapeutic drug targets database

A new open access database for novel/potential therapeutic drug targets is here. This database contains drug targets, inlcude vaccine targets, reported in published research articles.  All novel drug targets are linked to PubMed, Google Scholar, GeneBank, UniProt, DrugBank, ChemEMBL, Google patents, European patents, WO(PCT) database and Google Patents.

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