My visit to Daily Prothom Alo, archives department, on 11 November 2012
December 2, 2012, 8:25 pm
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On 11th November I visited the Prothom Alo archives in Dhaka. Prothom Alo (First Light) is the largest selling Bangla daily. Advisor of the newspaper Archives invited me to visit the archives of PA. Mir Fazle Ahmed Chowdhury welcomed me in the archives department. Before joining PA Archives, Mir Fazle was my colleague at National Archives of Bangladesh (NAB). Lutful Haq, journalist and board member of Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS), joined us and introduced me to staff members of Prothom Alo Archives. Actually I found 7 staff members working in PA Archives including an advisor, a senior archivist, a research officer and four junior archivists. PA posseses both analogue and digital archives.

As far as my knowledge goes, there are 12 national dailies in Bangladesh who maintain digital archives. Prothom Alo although has started using the most advanced technology for archiving their news (stories and photos) from April 2012 onwards. They are using the Digital Management Assets Systems (DAMS) module of 4cPlus software (4C-DAMSTM digital asset management for articles, images, audio-video files and PDF). It´s an easy processing system for archiving the raw news of the newspaper. 4cPlus is an Indian Software Company with corporate office and main development plant at Vaishali, Ghaziabad, India.

This system gives a boost to management, maintaining, storage & retrieval and finally serves the researchers, reporters, readers when needed.     Image

Mohammed Elias Miah,

senior archivist at NAB



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