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Telematic Systems: LIBRARIES second call

In the context of the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of telematic systems in areas of general interest (1990-1994) the Commission of the European Communities publishes a second call for proposals concerning Area 5: LIBRARIES.

The objective of RTD in this area is to facilitate user access, by optimum use of and development of equipment and telematic services and products, to the wealth of knowledge held in libraries, while reducing the handicaps caused by the present disparate infrastructures in the Community. To this end, the work will help to develop modern library services all over the Community by promoting faster, but orderly and cost-effective penetration of new technologies into libraries.

Topics and objectives covered by this call are described in detail in the technical background material for Area 5, available from the Commission's services. In developing proposals, potential participants are invited to refer to this. The action lines concerned are:

- Computerised bibliographies: international services provided by national bibliographic services.
- Computerised bibliographies: retrospective conversion of catalogues of important collections at international level (tools and methods).
- International interconnection of systems and related international standards.
- Provision of new library services using information and communication technologies (aspects of service provision).
- Stimulation of a European market in telematics and services specific for libraries (feasibility and requirements).

In order to achieve the objectives, initial Community activity in the area must be selective, concentrating on a limited number of problems which can best lead to practical results. Hence a number of themes open for proposal have been identified within each sub-area as specified in the call.

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