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Result of the call for proposals of Telematics for Libraries 1995

A call for proposals was issued on 15 March 1995 with a deadline for submission on 15 June 1995 open to five specific sectors of the Telematics Applications Programme, of which the Telematics for libraries was included.

In the Libraries sector, the action is designed to help ...
A call for proposals was issued on 15 March 1995 with a deadline for submission on 15 June 1995 open to five specific sectors of the Telematics Applications Programme, of which the Telematics for libraries was included.

In the Libraries sector, the action is designed to help increase the ready availability of library resources across Europe and to facilitate their interconnection in order to help create a modern library infrastructure in support of economic, social and cultural life in the European Union as an integral part of the larger information and communications infrastructure.

The approach in the work programme is tripartite: to create an internal environment which allows libraries to offer network-based services to end-users; to stimulate library cooperation, resource sharing and networking; and to develop telematic systems for the extension of library services to networked information resources.

As long-term perspectives are necessary in this area, continuity and coherence is needed with the actions started under the Third Framework Programme in order to exploit the components being developed (e.g. by their integration into new telematic service applications, extending test-bed platforms to new areas or users) as well as introducing a new dimension. Moreover, the European market for demand and supply of IT products and services for libraries needs to be encouraged further, including the creation of new alliances and the entry of new players.

The work programme takes account of two kinds of users in the Libraries sector, i.e. the libraries and librarians themselves as professional users of ICT and telematics, and the end-users of library services.

The programme is structured along three Action Lines:

- Network oriented internal library systems;
- Telematics applications for interconnected library services;
- Library services for access to networked information resources.

A set of priorities was defined for the whole work programme (e.g. real needs, integration, consolidation, open standards, human resources issues, link with other telematic sectors, new alliances).

The Call was also open to some specific support measures - in particular to concerted actions and to dissemination mechanisms.

Twelve Call Topics in total had been defined to clarify the focus of the Action Lines, since the work programme itself was extremely synthetic. These Call Topics were not mandatory, but they were designed to provide an indication of the technical scope of each of the Action Lines.

Response to the call for proposals

114 proposals were received altogether in the Libraries sector, eight of which were transferred to be evaluated by other sectors, as they were outside the scope of the Libraries sector work programme.

The remaining 106 proposals involved 807 cited participants which represented a total of 686 individual organizations. All EU Member States and Associated States were represented as well as some non-EU countries (Switzerland, Israel, Central and Eastern European Countries) and a few international organizations.

In terms of types of organizations, libraries' involvement in proposals represents approximately 30% and industry involvement approximately 25%. 12 proposals were not accepted on formal eligibility grounds.

In total, 94 proposals were considered valid for technical evaluation. 14 shared-cost R&D project proposals and two concerted actions were classified for retaining. Eleven shared-cost R&D project proposals and six concerted actions/support measure were classified for consideration.

Response to the Libraries work programme

On the whole, the work programme was suitably covered by the proposals for shared-cost R&D projects received. However about 25% of the submitted R&D project proposals evaluated claimed to address all the Action Lines but did not really fit well into any one in particular.

The number of concerted actions and support measures was disappointingly low, with only 7 received.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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