Resource Indexing and Discovery In a Globally Distributed Digital Library

General information

From 1. 7. 1997 until 31. 12. 1998
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Sponsored by:
  • EU
  • NSF


This working group is one of five groups of a joint NSF-EU initiative called

Digital Libraries Collaborative Working Groups

Summary of Research Agenda

European and United States scientists are engaged in large-scale digital library research and development. However, although digital libraries are inherently global, these researchers have not had an opportunity to work together. Both the U.S. and Europea n Union groups understand that there are technical, social and economic issues that require joint exploration and that they must have the opportunity to meet regularly to coordinate research; to share research results; and where possible, to consider the different national, technical, and social expectations about digital libraries (DLs).

To meet this challenge for an international DL research agenda, five working groups have been established in key technical areas. These groups will meet twice over a two-year period to foster an international community of DL researchers and will focus on generating joint research agendas. They will examine issues related to Interoperability, Metadata, Optimized Retrieval, Intellectual Property/Economics, and Multilinguality. These meetings will serve as the basis for the researchers to define critical research questions through which joint research proposals will emerge. In addition, to ensure proper intellectual coordination and linking among the groups, all the working group leaders will meet together once during the two-year period.


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