ERIC Number: ED307896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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The Electronic Library: The Student/Scholar Workstation, CD-ROM and Hypertext.
Triebwasser, Marc A.
Predicting that a large component of the library of the not so distant future will be an electronic network of file servers where information is stored for access by personal computer workstations in remote locations as well as the library, this paper discusses innovative computer technologies--particularly CD-ROM (Compact Disk-Read Only Memory) and Hypertext--and their roles in the electronic library. The major topics presented include: (1) the development of powerful microprocessors and the capacity of this technology to provide analogue representation; (2) the new trend of information in databases; (3) hypertext (the ability to link information in one portion of text with other information in another place in that same document or in another document) and hypermedia (the linkage between a piece of text and information presented in nontextual forms); (4) the functional importance of the asymmetric technology of CD-ROMs; (5) storage needs of different types of information; (6) how machine readable text is stored on CD-ROM; (7) optical character recognition technologies (OCR); (8) advantages and disadvantages of electronic imaging; (9) technological impediments (OCR technology, high resolution monitors, fast networks); and (10) institutional impediments (copyright and economic considerations, lack of standards for CD-ROMs). Concluding remarks discuss the possibility of commercial markets for information on CD-ROM; the cost effectiveness of making academic journals available on CD-ROM; and projections for future use of this technology. (CGD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Character Recognition, Computer Networks, Copyrights, Databases, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Microcomputers, Optical Data Disks, Optical Scanners, Relevance (Information Retrieval), Standards, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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