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The First Anniversary of UN Digital Repository in Nepal— un.info.np
7/20/2016 10:15:46 AM

KATHMANDU, Thursday, 18 June 2015 – Directly serving to 2,671 users – especially students, researcher and academician and including government and development workers, UN Digital Repository in Nepal (UNDRN) has accomplished its first anniversary in June 2016 in Nepal which was an initiation of the United Nations Information Center in Nepal. The aim of UN digital library is to provide one window easy access to documents and publications published by the UN agencies since 1951 about Nepal to publics like students, scholars and academicians.

Online publication archive could address extensive variety of public with its potential reference materials accessible into the center. The archive likewise makes accessibility of old records of UN for students, researchers, academicians, government, and non-governmental organizations of Nepal following mandates of United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Nepal. The digital repository is accessible by http://un.info.np.

United Nations System in Nepal has produced 6659 reports and publications since launching date of June 2015. UNDRN team came with these result with specific methods of tracking publications produced by UN agencies using digital repository (digital library) system and its statistical data. The team captures all available UN publications from websites/UN communication focal persons and develops information of the publication to catalogue those publications into UNDRN with UN thesaurus protocol making such public at global reach.

There are 118 thematic groups that the UN system is working in this year. Publications catalogued by UN agencies, Thesaurus, Publisher and Timeline of publications are distinct features of full text search engine of the digital repository. Same features are available in other platform like in Mobile Applications. “Disaster prevention, preparedness & relief”, Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements, Maintenance of Peace and Security, Human Rights, Development, Food and Nutrition, Social Development are major seven social sectors covered till date. The UN has produced 1314 publications related disaster relief during post-earthquake disaster in Nepal this year. The publications of the disaster relief were 64.04 per cent of total publications of 2016 followed by 6.82 per cent of development reports, shows the UN concern and works during post disaster in Nepal. Situation of earthquake, district profile and situation, statistical information by clusters, maps, earthquake victim stories and updates of funds mobilization are major reports and publications during the post disaster. Table 1 is a list of thematic groups of UN works till date.
Overall 23 UN Agencies in Nepal have contributed their publications in UN Digital Repository in 2016 making 6659 the number of publications in which 816 publications are from UNOCHA, 810 publications are from UNDP followed by other agencies contributing significant publications in UN Digital Repository in Nepal (UNDRN). Table 2 has a list of UN agencies with their contribution of UN publication till date.
UNDRN is search engine of central collection of UN publications produced by UN in Nepal which was designed only for Nepal. UNDRN has currently more than 7 thousand publications which is being browsed approximately 5,000 time per day and more than 2671 users are registered who can use all services of – downloading, web services, mobile services and search engine – provided by UNDRN. Many users are individuals including organizational users who have already downloaded more than 20,720 documents since the launching date of UNDRN in June 2015.
Most downloaded publications are the Human Development Report 2015 which is downloaded 286 times, and other publications are downloaded less than 250 times. Table 3 has listed publications which has been downloaded more than 40 times.

Such statistics of user activities and behaviors generated by UNDRN are noteworthy while making plan and determining usability of publications and reports which were tended to be published only in digital form rather than hardcopy. For example: more than 1000 publications and reports have been published during post disaster in Nepal but only few reports and publications where published in hardcopy. Most of them are published online and can be found in UNDRN.
Table 1: UN Publications List in 2016: Thematic Group
SN
Thematic Group
No. of Pub
1
1314
2
549
3
442
4
438
5
326
6
241
7
236
8
159
9
158
10
139
11
138
12
134
13
120
14
118
15
118
 
113
16
104
17
Other 101 Groups
1835
 
Total
6682
 
Table 2: UN Publications List in 2016: UN Agencies
Agency
No. Pub
816
810
634
612
483
456
452
323
313
275
253
244
169
145
116
102
97
86
78
65
57
45
35
16
Total
6682
 
Table 3: More than 40 times downloaded publications since launching date of June 2015
Title
Downloaded Frequency
Human Development Report 2015
286
Constitution of Nepal 2072 (Unofficial Translation in English)
216
Constitution of Nepal, 2072 - Preliminary Draft - in Nepali
211
Constitution of Nepal, 2072 - Preliminary Draft (Unofficial Translation in English)
179
Bagar Farming (Baluwa kheti) In River Banks of Nepal
166
UN Nepal Mobile Apps (Android #v1.0 R2)
127
Impacts of Leasehold Forestry on Livelihoods and Forest Management
111

 

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