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DESIRE - Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education

DESIRE is a major cooperative development project, aimed at promoting the use of the World Wide Web in the European research community. The project, which is part of the "Telematics for Research" sector of the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of Telematics Appli...
DESIRE is a major cooperative development project, aimed at promoting the use of the World Wide Web in the European research community. The project, which is part of the "Telematics for Research" sector of the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of Telematics Applications, is coordinated by SURFnet bv, the academic network provider in The Netherlands, and has 23 partners in eight countries.

The World Wide Web has made online information accessible to everyone. Although widely used in the research community, the Web still has a number of deficiencies. It can be hard for researchers to track down the specific information they need and the quality of this information may be hard to judge. Confidential information cannot easily be shared without the risk of interception, making collaboration harder.

DESIRE intends to address these shortcomings through a coordination package of development activities in the following areas:

- Security: Access control and confidentiality for information services;
- Information tools: Tools for producing and managing online information;
- Quality of service: Remote management of information servers;
- Training: Helping the end users make good use of the technology;
- Indexing/cataloguing: Better means for locating relevant information;
- Home study: Access to information services from the home;
- Caching: Reducing traffic and improving access times;
- Evaluation: Making sure the applications work and are of good use.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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