5 May, 2007 (FIDSNS)
Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC) has taken up the initiative of digitising complete research papers of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists.
DESIDOC has been powering the central information system for DRDO. DESIDOC provides scientific and technical information via ad hoc publications, regular periodic monographs, in house bulletins, multi media,printing and translation services for DRDO.
DESIDOC started functioning in 1958 as Scientific Information Bureau (SIB). It was a division of the Defence Science Laboratory (DSL) which is presently called Defence Science Centre. The DRDO library which had its beginning in 1948 became a division of SIB in 1959. In 1967 SIB was reorganised with augmented activities and named Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC). DESIDOC has become a self-accounting unit and one of the laboratories of DRDO on 29 July 1970. DESIDOC unctions from a five-storeyed building in the Metcalfe House complex in New Delhi. It has 262,000 documents.
DESIDOC has developed a seven module integrated library management software called SUCHIKA. DESIDOC also has web application softwares for information retrival, Patrika (newspaper clipings software) and search softwares.
DESIDOC has robust security software for data and intrusion protection. In addition DESIDOC provides internet and email access to DRDO centers.