Computational Archival Science (CAS)

Digital Preservation

Human-Computer Interaction

Brief Profile

Dr. Dinesh Katre is presently Senior Director and Head of Department of Human-Centred Design and Computing (HCDC) Group at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune.

He obtained his M.Des. from Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay in 1992. Subsequently, after joining C-DAC in 1992, he completed his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, which was fully sponsored by C-DAC, Pune. Dr. Katre initiated his research in the area of Heritage Computing by establishing the National Multimedia Resource Centre at C-DAC with funding support from DoE in 1998. During 2010, he attended the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) at University of London Computer Centre (ULCC), London, UK. Subsequently in 2015, he also completed the High-level Training on ISO 16363 Audit & Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories at Den Hague, Netherlands. Over the years, Dr. Katre has developed a unique combination of skills and knowledge in the fields of design, human-computer interaction, user-centric technological innovation, multimedia systems, heritage computing and digital preservation.

Dr. Katre is the first Indian and second person in Asia to have won the most prestigious 2020 Emmett Leahy Award, which was constituted in the US in 1967, as a tribute to Emmett Joseph Leahy, the originator of the records and information management discipline. This award was conferred to him in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of digital preservation and sustained leadership on issues of digital stewardship over several decades. He is the architect of India’s National Digital Preservation Program and its flagship project, the Center of Excellence for Digital Preservation through which he led the development of electronic records management systems, tools for e-records extraction, pre-archival processing, metadata conversion, large scale ingesting, automated classification, semantic and intelligent archiving. Among his many impressive achievements, he led the development of the DIGITĀLAYA, the e-Library and Archiving System, which played an important role in the ISO 16363 certification of world’s first trustworthy digital repository.

Prior to this, Dr. Katre has won the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s (NDSA) Individual Innovation Award 2019, which was conferred to him during DigiPres Conference at Tampa, USA. He was awarded by NDSA for establishing distinguished record by leading the development of innovative technological solutions for digital preservation.

In 2014, Dr. Katre was invited by UNESCO in the International Experts Consultative Meet at Warsaw, Poland to draft the Standard Setting Instrument on Safeguarding the Memory of the World in the Digital Era, which is unanimously adopted by the general conference of the UNESCO by making it applicable for all member countries.

In year 2000, Katre led his team to develop JATAN: Virtual Museum Builder, a specialized collections management system for museums which has become a de facto platform for India’s museum digitization initiative. JATAN is deployed and being used by a large number of national and state level museums in India for making their collections online and searchable. The Museums of India and Virtual Museum projects led by him have won the prestigious Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Awards in 2015 and 2012.

As an expert member of high-level advisory committees, Dr. Katre has contributed to advancement of many national and international level digital preservation initiatives in diverse domains such as Indian Judiciary, National Film Heritage, Audiovisual Archives, Digital Libraries and Science Heritage Research Initiative.