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Updated: 07 APR 00


Programme Results 1990-1998


1. Introduction

The European Commission carried out research activities in the field of libraries from 1990 to 1998, under two different Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development: the "Libraries Programme" under Framework Programme III (1990-1994) and "Telematics for Libraries" under Framework Programme IV (1994-1998).

Three Calls for Proposals were launched under Framework Programme III: Call for Proposals 1991, Call for Proposals 1992 and Call for Proposals 1993.

Under Framework Programme IV, Telematics for Libraries launched two Calls for proposals: Call for Proposals 1995 and Call for Proposals 1996.

This document presents indicators on the scope of these activities from 1990 to 1998, including statistics on proposals received or evaluated and on co-funded projects, concerted actions and accompanying measures.

Figures are given for both participants in the proposals and in the actual projects co-funded and on the individual organisations that they represent, as the same organisation has, in many cases, participated in several proposals and/or projects.

Call for Proposal 1996, under Framework Programme IV, was also open to participants from Central and Eastern European countries, through the funding of the International Co-operation Programme. Therefore, figures for the participation of these countries are also given.

The document has been structured in three parts: general statistics, comprising libraries activities data for both Framework Programmes, and two parts one for each Framework Programme.

With these statistics we hope to provide a general overview of the scope and of the involvement of European organisations in the work carried out by DGXIII in the libraries field from 1990 to 1998.

2. Global Statistics on the Programme since 1990

Proposals

A total number of 520 proposals were received by the Libraries Sector in the 5 calls. These proposals involved 3023 participants .

Projects

In total, since 1990, 104 proposals have been selected for funding (87 projects + 3 Concerted Actions + 14 Accompanying Measures). (Note: under FPIII, the call mechanism was only used for shared-cost R&D; projects).

The projects and accompanying measures funded involve 653 participants representing a total of 451 individual organisations.

The involvement of the different countries in the projects has been as follows:

Chart 1. Participants per country - EU/EFTA Countries
The chart shows the number of participants from EU/EFTA countries in all libraries projects co-funded from 1990 to 1998 .

ChartObject Total number of EU/EFTA participants: 638

Chart 2. Participants per country - Cⅇ Countries
The chart shows the number of participants from Cⅇ countries in the libraries projects.
Cⅇ countries have only been participating in projects co-funded under Call 96.

ChartObject Total number of C&EE participants: 15

Cⅇ Country codes:
CZ: Czechoslovakia
EE: Estonia
HU: Hungary
LT: Lithuania
LV: Latvia
PL: Poland
RO: Romania

Chart 3. Participants by country per Call - EU/EFTA Countries
The chart shows the distribution of participants from EU/EFTA countries in all the libraries projects co-funded from 1990 to 1998 .

ChartObject Total number of EU/EFTA participants: 627

Note: The chart does not include 11 participants from COBRA, ECUP and EFILA Actions which, although funded under FP3, do not fall under any specific Call.

3. Framework Programme III

The Libraries area work programme under the 3rd Framework Programme (Telematic Systems in areas of general interest) was structured around 4 action lines:

AL I Computerised bibliographies

AL II International interconnection of systems and related international standards

AL III Provision of new library services using information and communication technologies

AL IV Stimulation of a European market in telematic products and services specific for libraries

Three Calls for Proposals were launched under this Framework Programme: 1991, 1992 and 1993.

FP III - Proposals

333 proposals were received by the Libraries area from 1990 to 1994, which involved 1590 participants representing a total of 1381 individual organisations . The country involvement in the proposals was as follows:

Chart 4. FP III - Participants by country per call for all proposals received

ChartObject Total number of participants for all proposals received: 1590

EU = European non-EC countries
RW = Rest of the World

Chart 5. FP III - Proposals received per action line

ChartObject Total number of proposals received: 333

FP III - Projects

A total number of 51 projects were co-funded from 1990 to 1994, distributed as follows:

Table 1. FP III - Shared cost projects co-funded per Call

Call

No. of projects

CALL 91

13

CALL 92

16

CALL 93

22

TOTAL

51

Table 2. FP III Shared cost projects co-funded per action line

Action Line

No. of projects

AL 1

3

AL 2

8

AL 3

16

AL 4

24

TOTAL

51

3 Actions (COBRA, and its 5 feasibilities, ECUP and EFILA) and 19 studies were also funded under FPIII, but these did not fall under any specific Call.

The projects funded involved 291 participants (280 from projects + 11 from the 3 Actions) representing a total of 228 individual organisations .

The involvement of the different countries in the projects was as follows:

Chart 6. FP III - Participants in co-funded projects by country per Call

ChartObject Total number of participants in funded projects: 280

Note : The chart does not include 11 participants from COBRA, ECUP and EFILA Actions which, although funded under FP3, do not fall under any specific Call.

Chart 7. FP III - Participants in funded projects by country per Action Line

ChartObject Total number of participants: 280

Note : The chart does not include 11 participants from COBRA, ECUP and EFILA Actions which, although funded under FP3, do not fall under any specific Call.

4. Framework Programme IV

The Libraries sector work programme under the 4th Framework Programme (Telematics Applications of Common Interest) is structured around 3 action lines:

AL A Network-oriented Internal Library Systems

AL B Telematics Applications for Interconnected Library Services

AL C Library Services for Access to Networked Information Resources

Two Calls for Proposals have been launched under this Framework Programme: 1995 and 1996.

FP IV - Proposals

187 proposals were received by the Libraries Sector, which involved 1433 participants representing a total of 1227 individual organisations . The country involvement in the proposals was as follows:

Chart 8. FP IV - EU/EFTA Countries
Participants by country per Call for all proposals evaluated

ChartObject Total number of participants for all proposals evaluated: 994

Oth = Others

Chart 9. FP IV - Cⅇ Countries
Participants by country per Call for all proposals evaluated

ChartObject Total number of C&EE participants: 49

Cⅇ Country codes:
BG: Bulgaria
CZ: Czechoslovakia
EE: Estonia
HU: Hungary
LT: Lithuania
LV: Latvia
PL: Poland
RO: Rumania
RU: Russian Federation
SI: Slovenia
SK: Slovakia

Chart 10. FP IV - Proposals evaluated per action line

ChartObject Total number of proposals evaluated: 168

FP IV - Projects

A total number of 36 projects + 14 Accompanying Measures have been co-funded from 1994 to 1998, distributed as follows:

Table 3. FP IV - Projects/Acc. Measures funded per call

Call

No.of projects/Acc. Meas.

CALL 95

22

CALL 96

28

TOTAL

50

Table 4. FP IV - Projects co-funded per action line

Action Line N. of projects
AL A

11

AL B

12

AL C

13

TOTAL

36

Note : This table refers only to projects as accompanying measures do not fall under any action line.

So far, 4 studies have been funded under FPIV, but these do not fall under any specific call.

The projects funded involve 362 participants from all countries ( 305 from projects + 57 from accompanying measures) representing a total of 289 individual organisations . The involvement of the different countries in the funded projects has been as follows:

Chart 11. FP IV - EU/EFTA Countries
Participants in co-funded projects by country per Call

ChartObject Total number of EU/EFTA participants: 347

Chart 12. FP IV - Cⅇ Countries
Participants in co-funded projects by country per Call

ChartObject Total number of C&EE participants: 15

Note : Cⅇ Countries have only been participating in projects funded under Call 96.

Cⅇ Country codes:
CZ: Czechoslovakia
EE: Estonia
HU: Hungary
LT: Lithuania
LV: Latvia
PL: Poland
RO: Rumania

Chart 13. FP IV - EU/EFTA Countries
Participants in co-funded projects by country per action line

ChartObject Total number of EU/EFTA participants: 293

Note: The chart only refers to projects as accompanying measures do not fall under any action lines

Table 5. FP IV - Cⅇ Countries
Participants in co-funded projects by country per action line

Country AL A AL B AL C TOTAL
CZ

1


1

2

EE

1


1

2

HU

2

2

4

LT

1

1

LV

1

1

PL

2

2

TOTAL

2

2

8

12

Cⅇ Country codes:
CZ: Czechoslovakia
EE: Estonia
HU: Hungary
LT: Lithuania
LV: Latvia
PL: Poland

For an integrated presentation of results and related findings of the Telematics for Libraries Programme under the Fourth Framework Programme, you can consult the impact study that was carried out in 1999.



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