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ELVIL 2000

Updated : 23 NOV 2000
Project Number and Title
5667 - The European Legislative Virtual Library
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ C 8-9-10bis,11,12 January 1999 30

Keywords : distance learning; European legislative information; intelligent agents; multimedia; thesaurus; training; World Wide Web
Related projects : COPINET; DALI; DEDICATE; EDUCATE; ELVIL; EURILIA; EUROPAGATE; MURIEL; SOCKER


blue bullet Additional information is available from the ELVIL website . (http://www.sub.su.se/)


Action Line

Action line C: Library services for access to networked information resources.

Call topic(s)

Call Topics 8-9-10 bis. Adding value to networked information services delivered through libraries.
Call Topic 11. User applications supporting unified access to combined networked information and library-based resources.
Call Topic 12. Integrating library services with distance learning environments.

Project description

ELVIL 2000 extends the work of the ELVIL project in several ways: geographically, by including parliamentary libraries in Poland and the Czech Republic; technically by developing intelligent agent technology for identifying relevant sources on the Internet; educationally by adding modules that will allow simulations of the democratic processes of the partner countries. Multilingual support will be enhanced by using EUROVOC as a linguistic switchboard between the national thesauri. The main goal is to create and operate an Academic Portal to European Law and Politics, facilitating access to information in this subject area and exploiting the information for educational purposes.

Technical approach

ELVIL2000 will provide access, education and communication tools.
Access tools will be based on internationally accepted standards such as Z39.50, US GILS, UNIMARC and DC metadata.
Intelligent agent technology will be employed for resource discovery. All tools will be available via standard Web browser interfaces.

Key issues

The main technical issues are:

  • multimedia design and user friendliness,
  • interoperability,
  • use of intelligent agents for resource discovery,
  • linking national thesauri.

Impact

The project will make a significant contribution to both the extent and quality of the infrastructure for European legislative and legal information.
It will increase the potential for civic participation as well as providing basic tools for both traditional and long-distance education. Through the production of multimedia educational material the project will help to integrate the new online library services in a distance learning environment.
There will be test sites in Sweden, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK.

Deliverables

The main public deliverables will be:

  • Unified search and discovery tool
  • Learning centre support package
  • Database gateways
  • Electronic democracy platform
  • EUROVOC based gateway to national thesauri
  • Annual and Final project reports.

Coordinator

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Stockholm University Library S - 106 91 STOCKHOLM SE
Title, First Name, Name Mrs Ingrid CANTWELL
Project director
Address:
Tel: + 46 8 16 27 86 Fax: + 468 15 77 76
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
De Montfort University Library UK P
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya ES P
Context UK A
Sveriges Riksdag SE A
Stockholms stadsbibliotek
SE
A
Diputació de Barcelona ES A
Czech Parliament CZ P
Polish parliamentary library
PL
P
European Parliament, Directorate General for Research EPOQUE
LU
X
European Commission DG X - Central Library
BE
X

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