Design and development of digital database in homoeopathic information resources in India: a plan proposal
Librarian, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Govt. of India - India
India is going to be the global leader in the field of Homoeopathy on account of its development in past about 50 years in terms of qualified manpower, undergraduate and postgraduate colleges, systematic research activities; publications in the form of research journals and books; hospitals & clinics both run privately as well as State & Central Govt.; and over and above all the acceptance and huge public following.
The enormous homoeopathic information resources already published are lying in a variety of format. However, no attempt has yet been made to collect, compile and digitalize such scattered data. Therefore, in order to enable the library & information centers to serve the varied needs of their users, it is essential that information is collected and digitalized in a standard format in such a way that the same could not only be shared among the various homoeopathic organizations but also updated and enriched in future by institutions dealing with Homoeopathy by forming a Consortium.
The present study has been undertaken keeping this in mind. The study is limited to the information resources in the field of homoeopathy available in various homoeopathic colleges, Institutes and research organizations in India. The study is exploratory in nature and is a plan proposal limited to the research reports of concluded projects, in-house journal articles published by the Institutes/organizations for designing and development of homoeopathic information resources. This paper will focus on the issues related to digital database of homoeopathic information resources only. Attempts have been made to study and analyze the impact of information tec hnology and need for digitizing the information resources in the field of homoeopathy with special reference to India.
This study will help in cutting down the library expenses by establishing the resource centre for development of a strategy using various components of designing digital database and by developing guidelines for preparation of digital database of homoeopathic information resources.