ERIC Number: ED264880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Transborder Flow of Bibliographic Data. IFLA Professional Reports, No. 7.
Maruyama, Lenore S.
Transborder data flow has become a topic of much discussion and concern among the governments of the industrialized world, developing countries, international organizations, and many multinational corporations. Of late, the implications to the library community have been acknowledged. In 1983, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Section on Information Technology initiated this study to investigate any barriers to the flow of bibliographic information, and to make proposals for solutions and actions. To introduce a framework for studying the problems concerning transborder flow of bibliographic data, this paper describes several categories of organizations or institutions that play a major role in this process. These include: national libraries or national bibliographic agencies; bibliographic utilities; commercial database vendors; a publicly-supported, international online network service; international bibliographic information systems; and abstracting and indexing services. Following an introduction, this document is divided into three sections. The first, "Flow of Bibliographic Data," covers major participants, the present flow of bibliographic data, estimates of future flow of bibliographic data, and comparison with international circulation of other types of data. The section on "Barriers to the Flow of Bibliographic Information" describes such barriers and their consequences. A final section includes recommendations and proposals for action. The appendix is a chart outlining certain trade restrictions and showing some at their potential effects on telecommunications, data, and information services. (THC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).