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people start from the beginning and find
their own ways of performing digitisation.
This results in ad hoc approaches, incom-
patibilities, no clear notion of future use,
and wasted time and money.
T
he idea behind the Nacionalni Centar
za Digitalizaciju (National Centre for
Digitisation, NCD, http://www.ncd.matf.
bg.ac. yu) is to overcome these shortcom-
ings by organising continuous and system-
atic work. At present, the consortium
includes the Mathematical Institute and
Archaeological Institute of the Serbian
Academy of Science and Art, Mathematical
Faculty Belgrade, National Library of
Serbia, National Museum Belgrade,
Archive of Republic Serbia, Serbian
Institute for Monument Protection and
Yugoslav Film Archive. Representatives of
these leading cultural and research institu-
tions form the Main Committee of the
NCD.
The main aims of the cooperation are:
coordination of efforts of institutions
involved in cultural and scientific
heritage digitisation;
establishing and promoting a national
strategy for cultural and scientific
heritage digitisation;
exploration, adaptation and implementa-
tion of international standards and pro-
tocols for cultural and scientific heritage
digitisation and preservation at the
national level; development of new
standards in areas where they do not yet
exist;
launching cultural and scientific heritage
digitisation and making plans for a possi-
ble migration process to new formats
and technologies for already digitised
data.
T
hese goals should be enabled through
the activities of the NCD. Some of
the activities are:
forming expert groups for specific fields
of interest (groups for museums,
T
hese tasks will be realised in coopera-
tion with public libraries that (follow-
ing the academic libraries' example) have
established a Standing Conference and
Committees.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
T
he annual IATUL Conference 2004
devoted to `Library Management in
Changing Environment' will be held in
Krakow (Poland) from 30 May to 3 June
2004.The conference sessions have been
subdivided into four themes:
Elements of Library Management
Traditional Collection and e-Resources
Policy Dilemma
Public Relations: User-oriented Services
Regional Library Cooperation.
M
ore information can be found at:
http://www.biblos.pk.edu.pl/IATU
L/programme.php3.
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
D
IGI
CULT R
EGIONAL
C
ORRESPONDENT
:
Z
ORAN
O
GNJANOVIC
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIGITISATION
N
umerous institutions from Serbia are
in possession of a large number of
scientific journals and rare books, archive
documents, textual and image data, as well
as the other cultural and scientific values.
Recently, important efforts have been
made to digitise, preserve, describe and
index the cultural and scientific heritage.
All these attempts are interesting and have
concrete outputs, but on the other hand
they only last as long as they are financially
supported, and in almost every new project
POLAND
D
IGI
CULT R
EGIONAL
C
ORRESPONDENT
:
M
ARIA
S
LIWINSKA
POLISH INTERNET LIBRARY
T
he Polish Internet Library
(http://www.pbi.edu.pl), established
in 2002, contains about 260 scanned books
and since its opening over seven million
visits have been recorded. An average visit
takes about half an hour. It is planned to
develop the collection, making available
over 6,000 items. At the end of 2008 liter-
ature without copyright, handbooks, some
scores and cartographies should be avail-
able from the Internet Library as well as
graphics, photographs and periodicals. A
list of currently available titles can be
found at: http://www.pbi.edu.pl/lista.php.
INFOBIBNET
P
olish public library directors have
formed the INFOBIBnet consortium
in order to prepare public libraries for their
new roles and include them and their users
in the global information society.
INFOBIBnet will work on:
the introduction of compatible library
management systems and Internet
connection at all public libraries;
making Internet access points available
for local users;
contributing to the Polish information
resources;
the creation of new information services
for users;
active participation in government and
local government information systems.