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Telematics for Libraries - Projects


Updated: 15 JUN 98

Project Number and Title
5646 - Libraries in European Regions - Access to Telematics and Other Resources
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ C 8 to 10 bis and 11 February 1998
Public library services; regional information services; World Wide Web

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Action Line
Action line C: Library services for access to networked information resources
Call Topic(s)
  • Call topics 8 to 10bis: adding value to networked information services delivered through libraries
  • Call topic 11: user applications supporting unified access to combined networked information and library-based resources
Project description
The objective is to establish and develop exemplary regional information services (RIS) in three diverse European regions.
Relying on a combination of technical and human resources, networked public library services will be developed to provide independent and mediated information for the user. The project will set up new partnerships between information producers, mediators and end users and different kinds of libraries - academic, specialist and public. Critical legal and regulatory issues will be addressed such as copyright and the implications of electronic commerce.
A major element in RIS will be regional sites coordinating all Web activity relevant to the needs of the participating regions. Sites will be multifunctional offering mediated gateways to the Internet for citizens, virtual shop windows to stimulate regional economies and new retrieval tools for information mediators. The sites will also address presentation and access by incorporating facilities such as localised searching, filters and security features.
The project will achieve its goals through a high-profile and energetic process of dissemination and exploitation activities. Charging mechanisms for certain information services will be considered with a view to generating income.
Technical approach
The development of the regional information services will build on lessons from the North of England demonstrator already established. Demonstrators will be Web-based and fully integrated into the mediation services provided by public libraries. Mediation will take various forms including enquiry handling through electronic mail. It will also entail interface enhancement to organise and aggregate links, develop local search facilities, access filters, secure transactions and multimedia functions.
Key issues
The main issues to be explored are:
  • Enhanced capacity for the distribution of information via public libraries and WWW;
  • Participation in the information society through an increased telematics awareness;
  • New models of public service provision;
  • Economic benefits through regional development.
Impact and results
The project will ensure that the services developed in the participating regions can be sustained over the medium term and that other regions are attracted to the model. Other key results include:
  • Spread of information society benefits to a wider base of European citizens within the participating regions and beyond;
  • Reduction in disparities across European regions in the area of ICT;
  • Enhancement in the role and status of public libraries.
Documentation is available from the contact below and from .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Libraries and Arts Services - Central Library UK-Gateshead NE8 4LN UK
Title, First Name, Name Mr Ian Hunter Address: Prince Consort Road
Tel: +44 191 477 3478 Fax: +44 191 477 7454
E-mail 1: E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
ISEGI, Lisbon PT P
Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, Leuven BE P
Danmarks Biblioteksskole, Copenhagen DK P
Centre Européen de la Communication (CEC) FR P

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