सूचना एवं डेटा बैंक

info_dbIGNCA has been designated as the nodal agency for all matters relating to arts, humanities and cultural heritage by the Government of India to provide computerized storage, retrieval and dissemination of information on all aspects of arts and cultural heritage. Over the years, the IGNCA has developed several unique computerized multi-media databases and information systems to preserve the vast cultural heritage in various forms and make it accessible for research and dissemination. Special efforts have been made to network these programmes with various institutions inside and outside the country. These are:

  • LMIS (Library Management and Information System) which gives catalogue information on all books and periodicals;
  • CATCAT  (Catalogue of Catalogues) which provides information on more than 1,000 catalogues of published/unpublished manuscripts;
  • MANUS (Manuscripts) with complete descriptive information of about 3,000 manuscripts;
  • PICTO (Art Objects) includes information on two-dimensional and three-dimensional art objects;
  • SOUND (Sound Recordings) comprising information on Vedic chanting of Ranayaniya and Jaiminiya Sakhas of Samaveda and Paippalada Sakha of Atharvaveda;
  • KK TERMS (Kala Kosa Terms) comprising terms for the Kalatattvakosa project thereby facilitating scholars in preparation of comprehensive text references for each term, verification of bibliographic references and quotations and terms in different texts;
  • BIBL (Bibliography) giving information of more than 6,000 references (monographs, books, journals, articles, etc.;
  • THES(Thesaurus) is made up of key words in some tribal languages and dialects to identify cognate terms relating to the Five Elements. This database has been evolved for the programmes of the Janapada Sampada.



  • Humanities International Complete: provides comprehensive coverage of the humanities with full text content for about 700 journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Includes all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records);
  • Wilson Art Abstracts: provides comprehensive abstracting and indexing of about 400 international art publications. The subjects covered are art and architecture and computer informatics
  • JSTOR: includes full text of about 2 million articles across 47 disciplines. Also includes about 1.5 million book reviews. The oldest content in the JSTOR archive was published in 1665.
  • J-Gate, Arts and Humanities: an electronic gateway and subset of J-Gate, offering access to scholarly and technical journals. Provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online offered by a wide range of publishers.