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Abstract

In January 1984, the Commission of the European Communities launched a two-year programme for the support of experiments in the field of electronic document delivery and electronic publishing. The experiments crystallize certain issues of a technical, economic and organizational nature which are critical to the further development of the specialized information market. The paper explores these issues from three main stand points. Firstly, it describes the practical steps taken by the ten Docdel experiments when faced with problems such as: repackaging of information, database design and navigability, copyright, generalised document interchange, preparation of electronic manuscripts, telecommunications bottlenecks, workstation design and characteristics, the quality of printed documents, searching, ordering and manipulation facilities, interaction with user groups (service billing, accounting etc.), and international usage of the system. Secondly, the need for a set of complementary and follow-up actions is explored. For example, a complementary study programme could fill gaps in the application of technologies such as satellite communications, data compression, and mixed mode facsimile transmission. Follow-up activities would include: transfer of experience, guidelines for future ventures, the encouragement of economically viable systems, and the application of artificial intelligence (expert systems). Finally, the paper discusses the requirement for, and scope of, a Community approach to these issues and actions and the means which could be adopted to promote the use of existing standards and the judicious introduction of new ones.

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Authors: MASTRODDI A CEC LUXEMBOURG, CEC LUXEMBOURG
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL ONLINE INFORMATION MEETING, LONDON (UK), DEC. 4-6, 1984 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31742 ORA
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