Dr. ARD Prasad

             Former Professor and Head,

             DRTC, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru

A.R.D. Prasad is a well-known LIS Teacher across the globe he is former Professor and Head of Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore. He has served the profession for 37 years out of which 31 years in DRTC-ISI. DR.Ard prsad has Ph.D. – Library Science and Artificial Intelligence from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He did his ADIS fromIndian Statistical Institute and M.Phil in Philosophy from University of Hyderabad Dr.prasad has guided Guided 13 Ph.D students and published 4 books nd about 80 research papers. Dr.Prasad has several distinctions out of them some note worthy are; Member, High Level Committee, National Mission for Libraries, Govt. of India; Member, Working Group on Libraries, National Knowledge Commission (NKC); Member, DSpace Governance Advisory Board, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Consultant, UNFAO, Rome; Consultant,UNESCO, Paris; Consultant, Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), Canada; Member, Curriculum Development Committee, University Grants Commission (UGC); Fulbright Scholar, Visited University of Maryland and Iowa State University Research Projects Funded by International Agencies; Project Leader on Indian side. India- Trento Programme for Advanced Research. (ITPAR) to name a few. Dr.Prasad has richly contributed to Digital Repositories namely, Ubuntu based LiveDVD pre-configured with DSpace, Koha and VuFind on SourceForge. (https.//sourceforge.net/projects/liblivecd ). More than
30,000 downloads from about 100 countries. He helped in setting Digital Libraries for some IITs, CSIR, DRDO, ISRO labs, Universities. Dr.prasad conducted more than 50 training workshops in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia (for Libyans), Samoa, Malaysia Areas of Work.

Government Data Management and Smart Cities: Role of Data Librarians


Rapid urbanisation is a global phenomenon. The United Nations population division has projected that 64% of the world population will be residing in urban areas by 2050. Exponential growth of urban population and slow planning would definitely choke the cities with myriad problems. Realising forthcoming pressure and resource crunch triggered by population growth in Indian cities, the Union Government has launched the Smart Cities programme to mitigate the adverse effects and onslaught of urbanisation. A good planning for Smart Cities should exploit the advances in Data Science. Typically urban data may include: Waste Management; Disaster Management; Transport; Crime; Traffic; Water; Power; Health Care; Construction; Market; Business/Industry; Pollution, Environmental issues; Cultural data; Education/Employment; Weather etc.; Data Analytics can only be realised when we have access to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data. All these tasks have been handled in the context of information by the Library and Information professionals. In other words, a librarian can easily wear a new hat as a data librarian. The task at hand of the data librarian is to make the data, analytics-ready. The presentation discusses the various issues and challenges to be faced by library professionals while treading the path of transforming himself into a data librarian.