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Gandhi Heritage Portal

A march towards preserving the heritage!
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Virat Kothari

on 8 March 2017

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(www.gandhiheritageportal.org)
A march towards preserving and disseminating the heritage!

Gandhi Heritage Portal

The Sabarmati Ashram (SAPMT) is charged with the responsibility of preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of Mahatma Gandhi.

So, the SAPMT has been given responsibility by Ministry of Culture, of the creation, design and development of the Gandhi Heritage Portal (GHP), the largest, authenticate on-line archive of life of thought of Gandhiji.

The GHP was launched on 2nd September 2013 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. The GHP continuous to expand and include more material each year. At present, the GHP has over 10.5 lakhs pages of material

It has all Text, Audio, Video, Pictures and Manuscripts of Gandhiji and those related to him as a person, his works and thoughts, historical places and events related to his life
Creating User Interface
Should be neat, clean and light weight
Should represent aesthetic value of Gandhian Philosophy
Should follow technical standards like W3C & WCAG 2.0 AA, Y!Slow etc.
Gathering and Generating the Content
Careful identification of huge authenticated data and have possession of it to have it on Portal
Digitization of the data without any loss in terms of content
Careful examination of each and every content before going live
Development of Software for Portal
Should be in open source Drupal plus MySql
Should have enough capability to handle huge voluminous of data
No compromise on performance and security for holding huge data and large accessibility
Challenges building-up Portal
RFP was floated after finalizing requirements by Portal Office specifically established at SAPMT

Open source technology was chosen and Drupal plus MySql combination was selected after various considerations

Reviews at regular interval were done during life cycle of development of the portal to ensure quality and timely completion

Final software package was went through rigorous testing by Internal Quality Check Team & External NIC empaneled audit experts
Development of software
Content committee has been formed to provide overall guidance for identification of content. A Chief Editor has been appointed

Careful identification of the content has been done to ensure authenticity and integrity of content

Content has been categorized to place them under different sections of the portal

Standards for Digitization Processes has been identified after careful considerations for variety of content e.g. books, texts, images, videos, audio etc.

100% Quality Check fo digitized content has been set to ensure highest level of quality

Gandhi Heritage Portal has been hosted on NIC's platform
Gathering & Generating content
The Gandhi Heritage Portal
Graphical User Interface
Infosys agreed to provide assistance in development of User Interface

A team assisted in designing and conceptualizing the theme which not only includes overall design but also the colors to be used, fonts & their size, spacing & margins and overall representation of content etc.

They continued to provide their support on need basis
Technical standards like W3C & WCAG 2.0 AA, Y!Slow etc., has been followed while creating designs
Content on Gandhi Heritage Portal
Future up-gradation plans
Adding about 1 lakh pages a year
Upgrading User Interface to make Portal more user friendly
Adding new sections e.g. A section for Manuscript or special section for Kids etc.
Search Engine Optimization to expand reach of people
Availability of portal in major Indian languages and all UN site languages
More compatability for hand held devices
Powerful search engine having facility to search in regional languages as well as OCR base search
Interlinking of various sections of content to get connected data
Providing download of content as and where possible based on policy
The Ashram at Sabarmati was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on his return from South Africa in 1915. He lived in the Ashram up to 1930 when he left for the Dandi March never to return again. During the period of his stay, the Ashram was the hub for planning the movement of Independence of India.

Almost all national leaders like Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan visited the Ashram while many like Vinoba Bhave, Mahadev Desai, Kaka Kalelkar stayed with Gandhiji at the Ashram.

The Ashram is preserved and maintained as a national memorial by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT). The Ashram has a Library of about 50,000 books and an archive with about 1,35,000 manuscripts and a large number of memorabilia of the Mahatma.
About The Sabarmati Ashram
Need of Technology
Global Interest in Gandhiji and his Philosophy
Scholars, Researches and students all over the world are interested in accessing and studying thoughts and writings of Mahatma Gandhi. They find it difficult to get access of such content and in fact an authentic content. This required a serious efforts to have a tool for spreading a proper understanding of the Gandhian Philosophy around the world.

The project was initiated with the mission to disseminate and provide easy access to an authentic Gandhian content and his philosophy

Making of Gandhi Heritage Portal
Virat Kothari
Head IT, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
+91 98799 52050 | virat.kothari@gmail.com
Virat Kothari
Head IT, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
+91 98799 52050 | virat.kothari@gmail.com
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