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Manuja Karunaratne

National Science Foundation
Principal Information Officer
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mr Manuja Karunaratne
Principal Information Officer,
Head - National Science Library & Resource Centre of
National Science Foundation.
Address: No 47/5, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Telephone: +94773322697
Email: manuja@nsf.gov.lk, kmanuja@gmail.com, manuja@live.com

I am Manuja Karunaratne is an IT specialist in professional. I hold a Master in Computer Science and Physical Science Degree from the University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka. Presently, I am the head of the National Science Library & Resource Centre (NSLRC) of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. (NSF) NSLRC is the hub of scientific information dissemination in Sri Lanka.

In year 2013, we initiated a National Digitization Project to digitize 03 million pages of locally generated Scientific Literature available at Sri Lanka Scientific & Technical Information Network (SLSTINET) member libraries. SLSTINET is the focal point of 125 scientific libraries in Sri Lanka. The members represent Universities, R&D Institutions, Higher Education Institutions, Government Departments, Statutory Bodies etc.

Under National Digitization Project, we established 25 Institutional Repositories consisting more than 75,000 full text of scientific articles and publication which are available for Open Access globally. Last year (2020) our repositories recorded 1.6 million usages and 0.330 million downloads globally.

We are planning to implement Phase II of the Project to digitize 10 million pages of locally generated Scientific Literature available at 75 SLSTINET member libraries and develop 75 Institutional Repositories in Five Years period. We would like to share our experiences in digitization of scientific literature and developing institutional repositories for the benefit of the scientific community in the world.

Earlier he worked as Assis. General Manager – IT at National Housing Development Authority. Before that, I served as IT specialist at Electronic National Identity Card Project of Department of Registration of Persons, IT – Manager at Tharuna Auruna Graduate Placement Project funded by the world bank under the Ministry of Vocational Training and Tertiary Education. I also worked for the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka as the MIS Manager and consulted for Business for Peace Initiative Project, Back to Business Project and Regional Chamber Development Project funded by GTZ, USAID, and Government of Netherlands. I experience as IT-Consultant at Clean Industry Development Project implemented by the Ministry of Industrial Development and funded by the ADB will never forget his industrial experiences in Benchmarking of the multi-disciplinary industrial production process. I have served for the Government sector, Private sector and INGO for 24 years in the field of Computer and Information Technology, Communication Technology, Management Information System and Library & Information Science.

1) I am a member of Computer Society of Sri Lanka – CSSL and Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter – ISSL.