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Updated: 22 NOV 99
Project Number and Title
5650 - EDILIBE Extension to CEE Libraries
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/Accompanying Measure Not applicable July 1998

Keywords : book trade; Central & Eastern Europe; EDI/EDIFACT
Related projects : EDILIBE; IMPRESS

blue bullet Additional information is available on the EXCEL Web site . (

Accompanying Measure

This is an accompanying measure in the field of EDI focused on the needs of Cⅇ countries

Call Topic(s)

Not applicable

Project description

EXCEL is building on the EDILIBE I and EDILIBE II projects (conducted under FP3 and earlier) and on the IMPRESS concerted action which ended in May 1998. EXCEL aims to promote the use of results obtained through these projects (EDI formats tailored to the needs of the booktrade and libraries) in three CEE countries - Estonia, Hungary and Poland - thereby setting examples for the adoption of these results in other CEE countries.

Organisational approach

The accompanying measure is conducted in two phases.

Phase 1 - Assessment Study.

  • Identify book, journal, information sector suppliers to Cⅇ libraries; types of libraries; Cⅇ countries best able to benefit from EDI.
  • Assess EDI capabilities of library systems now available in Cⅇ libraries.
  • Assess business communication facilities available in Cⅇ libraries.
  • Reach consensus on key benefits of introducing EDI facilities to libraries in Cⅇ, major constraints and key issues

Phase 2 - Demonstration Phase.

  • Assess the viability of EDI transmissions via field trials.
  • Integrate the stand-alone EDI demonstrator and at least one library system in common use in C&EE.;
  • Determine the extra functionality required for Cⅇ libraries to fully benefit from EDI.
  • Produce an Implementor Guide for introducing EDI to Cⅇ libraries.
  • Disseminate the results.

Key issues

The primary issue is introduction of the EDItEUR message set, developed in the EDILIBE projects, and based on international (UN) standard EDIFACT EDI formats, as a means for improving communication between libraries and the booktrade in Central and Eastern Europe.

Actions and Results

An assessment study will explore the trade situation and technology context in the three Cⅇ countries concerned. Assuming that this study determines the feasibility for implementing the EDI standards, then demonstrator sites will be set up, the EDItEUR EDI message set will be implemented, and awareness seminars will be held.


It is expected that EXCEL will help make more efficient use of the public funds available to libraries in Cⅇ countries and increase the provision of a wider range of books, serials and other information products.
User libraries could become more cost effective and have access to better quality product information on which to base buying decisions.

EXCEL could encourage better communications among suppliers across Europe, extending the proven benefits of EDI to Cⅇ libraries and the book trade while encouraging wider networking between libraries.
A better understanding of EDI applied to the booktrade in Cⅇ countries will create new trade opportunities between suppliers based in EU Member States and Cⅇ customers.
By practical demonstration, EXCEL actions can strengthen the commercial case to provide EDI for those book suppliers and serials subscription agencies who supply Cⅇ libraries.

Information on EDILIBE is available from the Web site at: EXCEL Web site


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
EDItEUR London N10 2QA UK
Title, First Name, Name Mr Brian Green Address: 39-41 North Road
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Hungarian Academy of Science, Library HU P
The British Council, Poland PL P
Otto Harrassowitz DE P
A B Seelig & Co SE P
John Smith & Son Ltd UK P
Internet availability was notified by e-mail to the ZIG

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