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THE AMAZON.COM `NOT A DIGITAL
LIBRARY'
T
he December (2003) issue of Wired
carries a piece by Gary Wolf on `The
Great Library of Amazonia'. Search Inside
the Book makes it possible for registered
users to search and then view pages from
120,000 volumes representing some 33
million pages. Amazon claims that it is not
attempting to build a digital library, but
that its aim is to sell more books by giving
users more effective access to content.The
technical design, delivery mechanisms, and
business model that underpin Amazon's
approach are worthy of evaluation.
LEADERS TOOLKIT
A
new toolkit has been developed that
delivers transcripts and images of
archive documents over the Internet
together with appropriate contextual
material.The LEADERS toolkit is built on
standard methods for encoding texts (TEI),
digital images (NISO Mix), finding aids
(EAD) and authority records (EAC). A
demonstration of the project using test
data is online at the LEADERS Project
home page (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/leaders-
project).
EVALUATION OF DIGITAL CULTURE
CONTENT
T
he Cultural Content Forum has just
made available a new report,
`Evaluation of Digital Cultural Content:
Analysis of evaluation material' evaluating
audiences for online cultural content.The
analysis is wide-ranging and reflects the
experience of 90 different evaluation stud-
ies from across the world.The study
emphasises the lack of standardised
approaches.This study and others are avail-
able for download from http://www.cul-
turalcontentforum.org/publications/
Evaluation issues will be covered more
fully in the next issue of DigiCULT.Info
CULTURE 2000 PROGRAMME AND
AUDIOVISUAL POLICIES
J
ust after we closed this issue we received
the a report of discussions on the future
of the Culture 2000 programme and of the
European audiovisual policies were the
major issues on the agenda of the Culture
Council on 24 November. During their
Council meeting ministers exhaustively
examined the Commission's mid-term
reports on Culture 2000 and Media pro-
grammes. During the debate on the Culture
2000 programme, ministers agreed to pur-
sue closer cultural co-operation within
Europe and with third countries, and to
enable access by new Member States' to the
programme through specific actions.
B
ased on the mid-term report Ministers
concluded that the Media and Media
training programmes showed how a lack of
coherence has undermined EU audiovisual
policies. Ministers agreed that it should be
made easier for new Member States to access
funding and that digital technology should
be included in the programme through pilot
projects. During the first quarter of 2004, the
Commission will present a draft proposal for
the 2007-2013 Culture and Media pro-
grammes. For more information on the pro-
grammes see Media: http://europa.eu.
int/comm/avpolicy/media/index_en.html
and Culture 2000: http://europa.eu.int/
comm/culture/eac/index_en.html
THE GLASS WALL
T
hanks to one of our contacts we
recently saw a printout of document
produced by the BBC travelling the web
under the filename of theglasswall_bbc_
design.pdf.The document describes how
the BBC went about revising the design
of its website before its relaunch last year.
Rumour has it that `the document was
never officially released, instead simply
leaked and it's difficult to get hold of, since
whenever it appears online, BBC bosses
request that it be removed.' If you can find
a copy, it is worth a look.
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