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Concertation Meeting on Digitisation
of library materials

Luxembourg, 14 December 1998

Updated: 11 DEC 98

A concertation meeting on digitisation of library materials will be held on 14 December 1998, in the Euroforum Building Luxembourg.

Digitisation of materials (text and images) held in libraries has been an important research topic for libraries programmes under both FP3 and FP4. An early study , published in 1992, set the background for storage technologies, for associated technical standards, and identified some of the key issues surrounding retrieval and access. These issues were followed up in a concertation workshop held in Luxembourg in November 1994 which brought together 12 projects from EU and national programmes to discuss early experiences in document imaging and delivery. Since then, the growth of the Internet and the predominance of Web technologies have dramatically changed the technical context for services.

More recently, the importance of digital content, including that held in libraries, museums and archives, is recognised in the development of Key Action 3: multimedia content and tools of the Information Society Technologies Programme, under FP5.

This is, therefore, an important and timely topic both for current projects and for future activities. The workshop aims to establish the technical baseline for current digitisation activities, whether targeted at high-volume conversions or at digitising rare materials, and to create a platform for an exchange of experience between those currently involved in the field.

The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  • to review and update the state of the art in the technologies of imaging and of related standards;
  • to consolidate experiences to date, from national, EU and other projects;
  • to provide a platform for the exchange of experience between those currently involved in technical and service issues relating to digitisation of library materials;
  • to present the results of a recent comparative analysis of guidelines for digital preservation;
  • to identify outstanding and new problems that might affect future work in the area.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge but the number of available places is limited. If you wish to attend, please complete the registration request form below and return it by e-mail or fax to the addresses Confirmation of your registration will be sent at the beginning of December.


9:30-9.45 Welcome - A. Iljon, European Commission, DGXIII/E-4
State of the art review
Current technologies: M. Fresko, Applerace Ltd
Standards: M. Alexander, The British Library:
10:40-11:00 Coffee break
Digitising content: scanning and storage
Bulk conversion: systems tools and experiences: R. Berger-Lefebure, Jouve SA
Practical experiences and techniques used for acquiring images of large historical buildings and cultural items: A. Mecocci, Università di Siena
Mass digitisation production chain at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France: Gérard Cathaly, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Internet Library of Early Journals project: P. Leggate, Radcliffe Science Library, University of Oxford
Digitization of rare library materials: compound manuscripts and old printed books: A. Knoll, National Library of the Czech Republic
LAURIN technical presentation/IMPROX system: H. Flickschuh, Improx
Bibliotheca Universalis assessment: S. Zillhardt, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
Access and delivery
ELISE II: networked delivery of images and user interface issues: John EYRE, International Institute for Electronic Library Research, De Montfort University
Metadata needed for handling digital content: P. Alkhoven, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
DIEPER project: services modelling: W. Schwartz, University of Göttingen; Alberic Regent, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Presentation of the results of the comparative study of Digital preservation guidelines: M. Fresko, Applerace Ltd
15:45-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:30 Conclusions - led by M. Fresko

European Commission

DG Information Society
Cultural Heritage Applications Unit
Contact: Digicult
e-mail: (email removed)

Discussion and summary of main issues and recommendations

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