N V Sathyanarayana

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N V Sathyanarayana
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Founder and Chairman of Informatics (India) Limited
Born
Nagasandra Venkatasubbaiah Sathyanarayana

(1953-07-19) 19 July 1953 (age 69)
CitizenshipIndia
EducationB.Sc. B.Lib.Sc
Alma materUniversity of Mysore
OccupationChairman & Managing Director, Informatics India Ltd.
Years active1981 – Present

N V Sathyanarayana, popularly known as Sathya, is an information entrepreneur and the founder of Informatics (India) Limited. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Informatics[1], a company providing library services and research software.

Early Life and Education[edit | edit source]

Sathya was born on 19 July 1953 in Hebbur, Tumkur District, Karnataka. After completing his school education, he went to the University of Mysore and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later enrolled in the same university to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and graduated in 1972.[2][3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Sathya is a former Librarian and an Information Scientist turned Information Entrepreneur.[4] He started his professional life as a Library Assistant in Poornaprajna College, Udupi, from 1972-74. Later worked at the Indian Institute of Science from 1974-75 before joining the library at Smith, Kline and French (today GlaxoSmithKline).[3][4] He left GlaxoSmithKline to join the library at Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT). Sathya was heading the libraries in three of the four institutions and it was during this period he conceived the idea of a private company that would help provide information using database tool.

Informatics[edit | edit source]

He founded and promoted the company Informatics in 1980 to develop and market information products and services in the pre-internet era. He started the business as an information broker and in the coming years of Informatics (1980-1984), Sathya along with his then employees carried out manual information search for their initial clients and also started marketing compact disk (CD) based database products in India. In 1984, Sathya visited Dialog in Palo Alto to attend their basic training program in online searching. In the next six years (1985-1991), he mainly worked on expanding international partnerships with companies like Dialog, Predicast and Faxon. During the period of dot-com bubble, he strongly advocated the need for consumption of information in India and the values it generated. Today, he has spoken on many occasions about the need for growth of Research in India.[5][1][6][4][3]

Other works[edit | edit source]

In 1998, Sathyanarayana became a Member of The National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development (Working Group on Content Creation and Content Industry) constituted by the then Prime Minister of India.[7] He was elected as the president of the Karnataka State Library Association for two consecutive periods (1999-2001). Today, he is an active member of the same.[8] During the 2002-2003 period, Sathya was a visiting Professor of the Department of Studies in Library & Information Sciences, University of Mysore, Mysore.[9] From 2003-2008, he was the Vice President of Society for Information Science (SIS India) and remained an active member till-date.[10][11]He was also the Chairman of the Working Group on Libraries & Knowledge Network (LKN) of Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) in 2012[12] and Member of the Research Council of National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources. (NISCAIR), New Delhi.[5] In 2014-2015, he led MILAN (Mysore University Information and Library Science Alumni Network) activities as the president of the committee and is currently a Chief Patron member.[13] He also serves as a member of the advisory board of the Center for Educational and Social Studies[14]

Awards[edit | edit source]

In 1992, Society for Information Science (India) awarded him as the Young Information Scientist for his contribution in pioneering the introduction and promotion of online and CD-ROM technology products and publishing in India during the 1980s.[15][3]

Publications and Conferences[edit | edit source]

Sathya has authored several research papers primarily focused on library technologies and information access; a few of them are:

  • Open Access and Open J-Gate in the Journal of Library and Information Technology in January 2008.[16]
  • Digital Libraries: Dynamic storehouse of digitized information[17]
  • Collection Development in the E-Content World[18]

He is a well-known speaker at various library conferences and events, like the Informatics Endowment Lecture series on Digital Libraries[19], Charleston Library Conference[20], and the International Conference on Future of Libraries.[21][22].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Desk, CXOtoday News (7 March 2018). "India Needs To Invest More On R&D". CXOToday.com. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  2. "BLIB & MLIB Alumni Directory – MILAN". www.milan-mysore.org. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Heitzman, James (1999). "Corporate Strategy and Planning in the Science City: Bangalore as 'Silicon Valley'". Economic and Political Weekly. 34 (5): PE2–PE11. ISSN 0012-9976. JSTOR 4407603.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kennedy, Carol Apollo (28 June 2016). "v28 #2 ATG Interviews N V Sathyanarayana". Against the Grain. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Researching India | Research Information". www.researchinformation.info. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. April 30, Srinivasa Prasad; April 30, 1986 ISSUE DATE; January 28, 1986UPDATED; Ist, 2014 13:21. "Indian industry begins to wake up to the information explosion". India Today. Retrieved 23 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. IT Taskforce IT Taskforce Action Plan
  8. "Membership | Karnataka State Library Association". kalaonline.com. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  9. University of Mysore List of Resource Persons of the 21st Refresher Course in Library & Information Science
  10. http://www.sis.org.in/members.pdfTemplate:Report
  11. SISCOM The 22nd Annual Convention and Conference of the Society for Information Science on Digital Information Exchange
  12. Chairman of Working Group On Libraries And Knowledge Network, N V Sathyanarayana (2009). "Three years in transforming Karnataka into a vibrant knowledge society" (PDF). Jnana Pallava: Page 29 – 30.
  13. "EC Team – 2014-15 – MILAN". www.milan-mysore.org. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  14. "N V Sathyanarayana, Member of Center for Education and Social Studies".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. http://www.sis.org.in/sis_fellows.pdfTemplate:Report
  16. Nagasandra, Sathyanarayana (1 February 2008). "Open Access and Open J-Gate". DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology. 28: 57–60. doi:10.14429/djlit.28.1.153.
  17. "New Age International". www.newagepublishers.com. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  18. Nagasandra, Sathyanarayana (1 March 2013). "Collection Development in the E-Content World: Challenges of Procurement, Access and Preservation". DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology. 33: 109–113. doi:10.14429/djlit.33.2.4198.
  19. "Introduce Artificial Intelligence in schools and colleges". Star of Mysore. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  20. "N V SATHYANARAYANA's schedule for 2019 Charleston Library Conference". 2019charlestonlibraryconference.sched.com. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  21. Khan, Mansur. "LibGuides: International Conference on Future Libraries: 21". library.iimb.ac.in. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  22. "IFLA -- The Future of Libraries Conference held at IIM Bangalore from 26 - 28 February 2019". www.ifla.org. Retrieved 25 December 2019.

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