C-DAC's Virtual Museum Software at 10 National Museums

March 18, 2014

JATAN: Virtual Museum Builder, a comprehensive software suite designed and developed by the Human-Centred Design and Computing Group of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has been selected as the standard software for all Museums under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. In the light of this new development, the HCDC Group of C-DAC has successfully deployed JATAN: Virtual Museum Builder in 10 national museums of the Ministry of Culture as under-

  • National Museum, New Delhi
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Indian Museum, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA), New Delhi
  • National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA), Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA), Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Museum, Goa
  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Museum, Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
  • Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, West Bengal

In this project, as specified by C-DAC, all museums have setup the JATAN software along with digitization facilities, computers, storage and network infrastructure. Human-Centred Design & Computing Group, C-DAC, Pune organized special training programmes for the museum curators and operators of these museums in which they were trained to use JATAN software and digital technologies. JATAN system, ICT infrastructure and training has truly empowered the museum staff in modernizing their museums.

Speaking about the deployment, Dr Dinesh Katre, Associate Director & HoD, HCDC Group, C-DAC said, "The standardized implementation of JATAN provides unprecedented benefits to the museums in terms of producing the national database of museum collections, enriching the visitor experience and knowledge through digital exhibits, preservation of India's heritage and dissemination of information through internet for the tourists, scholars, teachers and students all over the world."

JATAN: Virtual Museum Builder is a digital collection management system specially designed and developed for the Indian museums. The system is compliant with open source and standardized formats and helps in image processing, watermarking, unique numbering and managing the digital images with multimedia representations of the antiquities in terms of 360 degree interactive panoramic views, 3D models, audio and video clips.

JATAN provides a collaborative framework over the intranet for the museum curators, historian and scholars to describe and enhance the information about antiquities. It also provides the facilities like user administration, search and retrieval, access control for the portal, location identification, conservation reports, work reports, parameter based sorting, etc. JATAN allows the digital collections to be made online or accessed through mobile or touch screen kiosks.

Dr. Hemant Darbari, Executive Director, C-DAC, Pune added that "JATAN will usher in the beginning of next generation museums propelled by ICT innovations. We are proud to partner the Ministry of Culture in its museum modernization initiative."

In the next phase of this project, C-DAC will be providing JATAN software to several more museums and setting up the national digital repository of Indian museums which will be accessible online.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Dinesh Katre,
Associate Director & HoD,