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IMPACT 2 work programme 1993

The 1993 work programme for IMPACT 2 (Information Market Policy Actions), the Community programme for the establishment of an internal information services market, 1991-1995, was approved by the Commission on 3 March 1993.

In the run-up to the mid-term review, the work progra...
The 1993 work programme for IMPACT 2 (Information Market Policy Actions), the Community programme for the establishment of an internal information services market, 1991-1995, was approved by the Commission on 3 March 1993.

In the run-up to the mid-term review, the work programme combines continuity and innovation. In particular, the adoption during 1992 of the central strategic theme of "Info Euro Access" reflects the increased emphasis placed on the demand side of the market.

This action is designed to improve the accessibility of information at the European level for all interested parties. Limitation of funding dictates that the role of the Commission will be increasingly that of a catalyst, bringing parties together, providing platforms for discussion and cooperation, coordinating between Member States, stimulating initiatives by market actions, and promoting the creation of human networks where useful. A key theme of the programme is the active participation of all the various market actors involved. The four IMPACT 2 Action Lines are:

- 1: The Information Market Observatory (IMO) will continue established core activities while orienting new activities towards further improvement of strategic analysis, increasing interaction with the network of national correspondents and analysing the effects of information usage on competitiveness.

- 2: More stable two-way links are to be created between market actors and the Legal Advisory Board (LAB). New subjects addressed will include synergy between the public and private sectors and improvement of the transparency of licensing bodies.

- 3: Here, activities will also build on previous preparatory work. Actions will be launched in the development of guidelines for the new use of standards, awareness of existing information standards, and promotion of quality assurance standards. In the areas of information awareness, user support and training, actions will be characterised by decentralization, enhancement of the National Awareness Partners network plus expansion of European directories. Preparatory work will be undertaken for the postgraduate training of information professionals to become intermediaries or providers of electronic information services.

- 4: Among other activities, this Action Line will introduce the second phase of the interactive multimedia projects, and work will be undertaken towards implementation of the Euro Info Access concept. An initiative will be made towards the launching of a geographic information system (GIS). Further action will also follow-up the strategic study on opportunities available to publishers in the information services market.

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