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Libraries programme: Results of first call for tenders

The Libraries programme, part of the specific RTD programme for Telematics systems in areas of general interest (1990-1994), made a first call for proposals in 1991. The 93 proposals submitted involved a total of 379 organizations in all Member States. After evaluation, comple...
The Libraries programme, part of the specific RTD programme for Telematics systems in areas of general interest (1990-1994), made a first call for proposals in 1991. The 93 proposals submitted involved a total of 379 organizations in all Member States. After evaluation, completed in February 1992, 14 proposals were retained. These represent all types of libraries, library networking organizations, research departments, and a range of private sector companies. The projects cover the four programme action lines, and comprise:

- Investigation of automatic proofreading and error detection problems;
- Conversion of OCR-captured printed records to machine-readable UNIMARC format;
- Fast electronic document delivery via existing network structures, and implementation of OSI-based standards;
- Development of an international system using EDIFACT standards for acquisition of library materials;
- Pilot implementation of the ISO/OSI Search and Retrieve protocol for end-user access to bibliographic databases;
- Telematic means of accessing and delivering audio-based materials
- ISDN connection of optical disk full-colour image banks, and development of multi-lingual search dialogues;
- Technical means for selecting, transmitting and storing high-quality images of fine art materials;
- Prototype work station plus software for access to bibliographic descriptions of musical documents;
- Design and evaluation of multilingual hypertext interfaces using industry standard software and hardware;
- Representation of the Greek character set and tool development for exchange of Greek/multiscript records;
- Development of European library access to an information source holding data on books in print;
- Prototype electronic distribution of journal contents pages and creation of online machine-searchable index;
- Development of recommendations and specifications for the provision of library equipment/services for the visually handicapped.

This first call is seen as a start-up action, designed to provide necessary momentum, experience and lead-time in the context of subsequent calls. Though only a limited number of the proposals retained address core areas, their scope and variety is expected to provide a broad base for project experience and learning in the EC library community.

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