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INFORMATION MARKET OBSERVATORY (IMO)


THE MAIN EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INFORMATION MARKET
1993-1994
DRAFT


Luxembourg, September 1994

The views expressed in this report are those of the IMO secretariat and do not engage the European Commission.


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  1. BUILDING THE INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
    1. The Common European Information Area
    2. The US National Information Infrastructure
    3. Developments in Japan
    4. Singapore: A Case Study in Information Infrastructure Development
    5. The Internet
    6. Uncertainty
  2. THE INFORMATION SECTOR IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY
    1. The Convergence Phenomenon
      1. The Composition of the Converging Information Sector
      2. The Scale of the Converging Information Sector
    2. The Component Sectors
      1. The Content Sector: Changing Roles and Opportunities
      2. The Delivery Sector: Telecommunications, Cable and Satellite
      3. The Handling Sector: Hardware, Software and IT
    3. Industry Repositioning
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Cross-Media Ownership and Media Concentration
    4. The Role of the Advertising Industry
  3. RELATIVE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
    1. The Relative Position
    2. The European Union
    3. Electronic Information Services in the US
    4. Electronic Information Services in Japan
    5. Conclusions
  4. THE FUTURE DEMAND FOR INFORMATION
    1. The Growing Use of Electronic Communication Facilities
      1. Electronic Data Interchange
      2. Electronic Mail
    2. Information Use Within Selected European Industrial Sectors
      1. Transport
      2. Insurance
      3. Biotechnology
    3. Employment, Education and Training Implications
  5. RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT (RTD)
    1. Information Engineering
    2. Language Engineering
    3. Libraries Programme
  6. KEY LEGAL AND REGULATORY ISSUES
    1. Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
      1. Illegal Copying
      2. Copyright Clearance
      3. Author Rights
    2. Legal Protection of Databases
    3. Data Protection
  7. DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EUROPEAN INFORMATION,CONTENT SECTOR IN 1993
    1. On-line Databases
      1. The On-line Market
      2. Availability and Use of On-line Databases
    2. Optical Information Media
      1. Platforms
      2. Installed Base of Readers
      3. Availability of Titles
      4. Markets, Sales and Pricing
    3. Multimedia
    4. Videotex
    5. Audiotex
    6. Fax-Based Information Services
    7. Electronic Information Services in the Home
    8. Emerging Media and Markets
      1. The Networks
      2. Handheld Reference Products and Personal Communications
      3. Video on Demand and Interactive TV
    9. Audio-Visual
      1. Television, Cinema and Video
      2. Audio
    10. Print Publishing
  8. CONCLUSIONS
  9. ANNEX A
  10. ANNEX B
  11. ANNEX C

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