Concertation Meeting on Digitisation
Luxembourg, 14 December 1998
of library materials
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:
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.
- 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.