A Multipurpose Indian Gateway for Aerospace Information

Poornima, Narayana and Goudar, IRN (2004) A Multipurpose Indian Gateway for Aerospace Information. In: International Conference on Digital Libraries, 24-27 Feb 2004, New Delhi, India.

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Aerospace Science and Technology encompasses the work carried in good number of branches of Engineering, Physical, Chemical, Material and other sciences. Electronic publishing is order of the day and aerospace Samp;T falls in line. This paper identifies various types of aerospace information generated in a variety of media and different access mechanisms. Few aerospace virtual libraries and library sites attached to aerospace institutions world over provide links to relevant sources. However Indian National Aerospace Laboratoriesx2019; portal x2018;AeroInfox2019; (www.aeroinfo.org.in) designed, developed and maintained by its Information Center (ICAST) is unique Aerospace Information Gateway in many respects. More than 50,000 web sources have been indexed under various headings including General Categories like- associations, organizations, space agencies, education, research and museums; Interdependent Subjects like- physics, chemistry, materials, mechanical engineering, electronics and composites; NASA Subject Categories like- aeronautics, aerodynamics, avionics, wind tunnels, composites, materials, etc; and Aviation Categories like- aircraft, airlines, air shows, airports, helicopters, etc. Indian Aerospace sources are covered exhaustively and are indexed separately using many subject headings and further grouped under four main categories- Aviation, Space Samp;T, Associations / Organisations and General. Links have been given to different servers for searching and downloading different types of aerospace documents like technical reports, journals, patents, regulatory information, conferences and news. ICAST also creates its own digital content including news clippings in aerospace, table of contents of 280 journals it subscribes, OPAC of library with gt;3,00,000 records, union catalogue of journals subscribed in 40 CSIR and 25 aerospace libraries, proceedings of conference on Knowledge Management and full text of NAL technical reports. Based on these resources a number of value added web/e-mail based information services are provided for the benefit of aerospace community within and outside NAL. The portal has been evaluated and indexed by many search engines and aerospace portals maintained by world aerospace leaders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information gateway;Aeroinformatics;Aerospace;Aviation;Internet sources;India;Virtual library;Information services;AeroInfo
Subjects: SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 24 May 2010 04:24
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/3995

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