Indian Railways will collaborate with Google for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms. Indian Railway has a huge list of heritage inventory including bridges, hundreds of steam locos, buildings, artefacts, more than 20 museums, coaches and station buildings, which can be showcased for global audience. An agreement in this regard will be signed soon between National Rail Museum and Google Cultural Institute (GCI). GCI is a non-profit organization that partners with cultural organizations to bring world’s cultural heritage online. GCI builds online tools and offers them to institutions for showcasing and sharing cultural assets. The collaboration will not only make NRM accessible online and offer virtual tours but also help digitize the national transporter’s entire heritage inventory which includes more than 20 museums, hundreds of steam locos, coaches, station buildings, bridges among others. Various ministries and institutes of the government have already collaborated with GCI for displaying and preserving India’s cultural heritage digitally. Currently Google is working with the railways in providing free Wi-Fi service at 100 stations. Indian Railway is preparing a comprehensive conservation management plan to preserve and promote its heritage assets.
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