ERIC Number: ED368360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-5
Accessibility and Integrity of Networked Information Collections. Background Paper.
Lynch, Clifford A.
This paper considers questions related to the integrity and accessibility of new electronic information resources. It begins with a review of recent developments in networked information resources and the tools to identify, navigate, and use such resources. An overview is then given of the issues involved in access and integrity questions. Links between access and integrity are stressed. For example, ensuring the integrity of a body of information is meaningless if there is no access to the body of information. The changing legal framework that governs the use of electronic information as contract law rather than simple sale within the context of copyright law becomes the dominant model for acquiring access to electronic information. Effects of this shift on libraries and the interlibrary loan system are examined. Other issues considered are those of the relationships between privacy and access in the electronic environment. Final sections consider identifying and citing electronic information works and networked information resources. It is emphasized that, until standards are developed and services in support of integrity and authentication are deployed, problems of access and integrity cannot be entirely resolved. (Contains 93 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: N/A