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Global Information Infrastructure by
Christine Borgman (available from MIT
Press).
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nother benefit was technology trans-
fer: copying a digital library from
CNR and mounting it on the ICIMSS
server. It will be possible to make good use
of this technology even after the end of
the project.
P
articipation in the DELOS project was
an excellent opportunity to become
familiar with the latest developments in
the area of digitisation and a valuable
learning tool. Most importantly of all,
DELOS-CEE is included in the group of
centres of excellence, an achievement of
which we are very proud. In the next
phase of the DELOS consortium, it would
be interesting to see representatives from
the library and archival sector working
together with academics and researchers,
using the knowledge and expertise of prac-
tised users to fully understand the poten-
tial of digital library solutions.
translation of recommended materials in
order to reach a broader audience.The
translated documents were:
a) Lund Report on Digitisation:
Digitisation Europe (translated into
Polish and Hungarian)
b) White Papers and reports prepared by
DELOS working groups (translated into
Polish and Latvian)
o Building Core Ontologies
o Principles of Metadata Registries
o Digital Libraries Future Directions For
A European Research Programme
o Describing Projects
c) Some other publications translated into
Polish include Changing Trains at
Wigan: Digital Preservation and the
Future of Scholarship (http://www.bl.
uk/services/preservation/occpaper.pdf)
and Cyberculture, Cultural Asset
Management, and Ethnohistory
Preserving the Process and Understanding
the Past (http://www.deflink.
dk/upload/doc_filer/doc_alle/740_
sross_cyberculture_rev2.doc), both by
Seamus Ross, and From Gutenberg to
European countries also took part in two
Summer Schools training offered by
CNR.
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mong others, the following training
activities were chosen: ERPANET
training devoted to the preservation of
Internet resources, MINERVA workshop
on co-ordination of digitisation activities
in Europe, and Electronic Publication con-
ference held in Guimaraes (Portugal).
Moreover, DELOS-CEE members organ-
ised a number of events in their own
countries including workshops, meetings
with national librarians and archivists, and
national events.The list of DELOS-CEE
events, detailed programmes and
PowerPoint presentations can be found on
the DELOS-CEE homepage:
http://www.icimss.edu/delos/. Selected
materials have been published in hard copy.
A
s digitisation became an increasingly
important issue in Central and
Eastern Europe, some funds in the DELOS
project were allocated to facilitate the
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JODI I
SSUE ON
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CONOMIC
F
ACTORS
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D
IGITAL
L
IBRARIES
T
he Journal of Digital Information
(http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/) was
one of the first electronic-only journals to
be published and aims to present serious
research and links to other Web resources
in an easily accessible way. It is available
online, free, due to the support of the
British Computer Society and Oxford
University Press. The theme for the most
recent issue (Vol. 4 Issue 2, June 2003) is
"Economic Factors for Digital Libraries".
It contains several articles on the eco-
nomic costs and impact of digital preser-
vation and storage within the library and
publishing fields.
T
here are several types of cost involved
in implementing a digital library,
from the immediate start-up costs of
acquiring the digital objects (creating or
purchasing) and the further costs of estab-
lishing the library, to the long-term
expenses of managing, maintaining and
preserving the resource and access to it.
Whether the values and benefits of the
resource can be effectively measured and
offset against its cost is the subject of a
wide range of discussions in this issue.You
can view "Economic Factors for Digital
Libraries" at: http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/
?vol=4&iss=2.
DigiCULT
Technology Watch Report 2
due to be published early in 2004, will
devote a chapter to issues related to
digital rights management and econom-
ic factors in cultural and heritage
organisations.
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