ERIC Number: ED427786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Enabling Access in Digital Libraries: A Report on a Workshop on Access Management.
Arms, Caroline, Ed.
On April 6, 1998, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored a one-day workshop on ways to improve systems of managing access to digital information. The workshop was convened to provide input from research libraries with a focus on requirements for access management systems that can be designed and deployed in today's technical, legal, and economic environment. Participants identified these five key properties for the design and adoption of systems that enable access for users while respecting the rights and interests of authors and publishers: (1) simplicity; (2) privacy; (3) good faith; (4) trusted intermediaries; and (5) reasonable terms. Participants also recommended research and project evaluation in two key areas: system usability and economic models. Although the conclusions reached at this workshop relate specifically to the problems of managing access to the cultural record in digital form for research and teaching purposes, they apply to other realms as well, including business, medicine, insurance, credit card transactions, and logfiles from Web browsers, all of which involve more sensitive information. This report describes the opening statements and invited presentations of the workshop, and summarizes the workshop discussions under three thematic headings: technical assumptions, issues affecting user acceptance, and points that address specific questions posed. Unanticipated issues that do not fit these categories are also described. Appendices list participants, suggested readings, and definitions, and provide an update on related legislative activity. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer System Design, Information Management, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Online Searching, Research Libraries, Search Intermediaries, User Needs (Information), Workshops
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC.