Access to information : some European initiatives
In several Community programmes of the Directorate General Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation (INSIS, Information Market Policy, ESPRIT) projects are being undertaken to enable non-specialist end-users to navigate easily through databases irrespective of whether the information is located locally or distributed across networks. The paper gives outline descriptions of some of these projects, which address the issue of rendering databases easier to handle so that end users without network or DP expertise can retrieve information. It is essential to render the intervening technology transparent to the user, and to develop computerized support functions to select relevant information. A model is described of the functions required in the chain between the end user in front of the terminal and databases stored on computers distributed across networks, and their relations to existing and future standards being developed in the OSI and ODP model architectures of ISO.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 12th International Online Information Meeting, London (GB), Dec. 6-8, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34440 ORA
Record Number: 198910161 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en