Department of Distributed Systems
International Journal on Digital Libraries



Panel 1
September 17, 2007
Room: Brussels


Introduction of the medium term and long term objectives of the EU Commission with regard to the Digital Libraries

Presentation by Marius Snyders
DG Information Society and Media
Directorate Digital Content & Cognitive Systems

On the move towards the European Digital Library: BRICKS, TEL, MICHAEL and DELOS converging experiences

Proposed and organised by:
Massimo Bertoncini
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, R&D Lab
Rome, Italy


In the last few years, a deep paradigm shift has taken place in the Digital Library domain. From several independent online systems and closed library "silos" that store digital heritage content, digital library systems are evolving towards a networked service-based architecture built as a set of fully interoperable local digital library systems.

A digital library in this context refers to a network of services targeted to cultural heritage and/or scholarly institutions (libraries, archives, museums, etc.), allowing users to access and utilize globally distributed collections of multimedia digital content (text, images, and audio-video collections).

There are currently significant ongoing initiatives in the field such as BRICKS, TEL/EDL, MICHAEL, and DELOS) which have developed so far fundamental technologies on the road to the European Digital Library. Hence, this panel will begin with a comparative analysis of the state-of-the-art technologies, as made available by the different initiatives.

The main objective of the proposed panel will be to discuss to what extent the efforts so far have led towards a fully operational service for a European Digital Library, and what further challenges need to be dealt with, within the deadlines of the i2010 initiative.

Planned Panelists

On behalf of BRICKS project:
Thomas Risse (L3S)
Carlo Meghini (CNR-ISTI)

On behalf of TEL/EDL project:
Jill Cousins (TEL Office)
Britta Woldering (CENL)

On behalf of MICHAEL/MINERVAeC project:
Rossella Caffo (Italian Ministery for Culture)
David Dawson (MLA)

On behalf of DELOS Network of Excellence:
Yoannis Yoannidis (University of Athens)
Donatella Castelli (CNR-ISTI)


Panel 2
September 18, 2007
Room: Brussels

Digital Libraries in Central and Eastern Europe: Infrastructure Challenges for the New Europe

Proposed and organized by:
Christine L. Borgman
Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, USA


The countries of Central and Eastern Europe that were part of the Soviet Bloc or were non-aligned (Yugoslavia) entered the 1990s with telecommunications penetration of about fifteen telephones per hundred persons and a weak technical infrastructure based on pre-Cold War mechanical switching technology. They lacked digital transmission systems, fiber optics, microwave links, and automated systems control and maintenance. Until 1990, business, government, and education made little use of computers, although some mainframe-based data processing centers handled scientific military applications. Communication technologies such as typewriters, photocopiers, and facsimile machines were registered and controlled to varying degrees in each country. The CEE countries could not legally make connections between their computer networks and those of countries outside the Soviet Bloc owing to the COCOM regulations and other embargoes imposed on the region by the West, although clandestine network connections were widely known to exist. In the fifteen-plus years since large-scale political changes, these countries have made rapid advances in infrastructure and economics, and several already have become members of the European Union. Yet many challenges remain, especially with regard to infrastructure maturity, linguistics, and intellectual property.

This panel will address the special challenges of digital library research and development in the host region of the conference. Panelists are asked especially to address three questions with respect to regional digital library efforts:

What are the infrastructure concerns in developing digital libraries in the region?

What are the linguistic issues in digital libraries in the region? (relatively small language groups, cross-translation requirements, etc.)

What intellectual property issues in the region influence digital library developments?


Introduction and overview of issues
Christine L. Borgman

Infrastructure and content management issues in DL - Croatian perspective
Prof. Dr. Tatjana Aparac-Jelušic,
Head, Department of LIS
Faculty of Philosophy, University J. J. Strossmayer
Osijek, Croatia

Advantages of being a small country - Croatian experiences in Web archiving
Tanja Buzina, Senior librarian
Croatian National and University Library
Zagraeb, Croatia

Building cultural heritage libraries online: Lithuanian perspective in a broad context
Zinaida Manžuch,
Institute of Library and Information Sciences
Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University
Vilnius, Lithuania

Heading for a New Tower of Babel: Electronic Libraries in an Increasingly Globalized World
Prof. Dr. Gyorgy Sebestyen, Head of Department
Dept. of Library and Information Science, Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest , Hungary

Process Modelling and Innovation in the Higher Education of Hungary
Prof. Dr. Andras Gabor
Corvinus University
Budapest, Hungary

Call for panels - Passed