European Community initiatives and experience in scientific and technical information
Scientific and technical information (STI) is an increasingly important resource for R&D and industrial development. The rapid development of the market for electronic information and the increasing potential offered through new information technologies require new approaches for the collection and dissemination of STI. Activities of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) in this area are reviewed. More recent CEC initiatives in the areas of biotechnology information and factual materials databanks have proved the need for international collaboration and for the implementation of infrastructural measures as a basis for such collaboration. The implementation of the EC Demonstrator Programme on materials property data systems has evaluated the potential of eleven European materials databanks against the market requirements and has helped to launch wide international collaboration. The concluding European workshop on materials data systems has developed a set of recommendations for future initiatives. These are briefly reviewed, together with the initial findings of a study aimed at developing a business plan for the establishment of a biotechnology information infrastructure for the bio-industries and research base in Europe.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Symposium on the Future of Scientific, Technological and Industrial Information Services, Leningrad (SU), May 28-31, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35091 ORA
Record Number: 199011019 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en