Railways to partner with Google for showcasing its heritage

Posted on:22 Aug 2016 18:27:09

Railways to partner with Google for showcasing its heritage
22 August 2016 Current Affairs GK: Railways will collaborate with Google for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms. 

Google has agreed to partner with Railways to digitise its heritage assets and help create a digital repository for universal online access free of cost .

Indian Railway has a huge list of heritage assets including bridges, steam locos, buildings, artefacts and museums which can be showcased for global audience. 

An agreement in this regard will be signed soon between National Rail Museum and Google Cultural Institute (GCI). 

The official said collaboration will not only make NRM accessible online and offer virtual tours but also help digitise the national transporter's entire heritage inventory which includes more than 20 museums, hundreds of steam locos, coaches, station buildings, bridges among others. 

GCI generally works with government organisations and not for profit groups to provide digital collection management systems and storeytelling tools free of cost. 

Various ministries and institutes of the government have already collaborated with GCI for displaying and preserving India's cultural heritage digitally. 

Currently Google is working with the railways in providing free Wi-Fi service at 100 stations. 

Indian Railway is preparing a comprehensive conservation management plan to preserve and promote its heritage assets. 

Besides, a dedicated rail heritage website under Railway Board's website is operational for dissemination of information. 

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