ERIC Number: ED459793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Geolibraries, the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure and Digital Earth: A Time for Map Librarians To Reflect upon the Moonshot.
This paper discusses the concept of geolibraries and reviews related literature. Highlights include: the opportunity of geolibraries to elevate the work of both GI (Geographical Information) scientists and librarians; geolibraries' focus on digital information and metadata, as well as the distributed nature of the libraries and collections; the lack of a culture of permanence that results from the alternative culture of the Internet; the development of the global information infrastructure; the role of libraries as participants in the learning process; workshops held in 1998 to discuss the idea of distributed geolibraries; traditional library roles in the implementation of GIS (Geographic Information Systems); revolutionary and evolutionary changes that are transforming libraries; "Internet time" as a psychological and social phenomenon; the digital divide; potential disadvantages to use of the World Wide Web as a mechanism for storing and disseminating geoinformation; the changing nature of the global economy and the demand for fast and easy access to information as the driving force behind geolibrary developments; policy challenges presented by distributed geolibraries; recommendations that would make more geospatial information available within the public domain; cost recovery, pricing, licensing, and copyright issues; demographic issues in map librarianship; the importance of standards; and collaborative relationships. (Contains 41 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Libraries, Geography, Global Approach, Information Systems, Information Technology, Internet, Library Role, Library Services, Maps
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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