ERIC Number: ED463767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Digital Libraries: Universal Access to Human Knowledge. Report to the President.
National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.
This report to the President and Congress provides an overview of digital libraries. The following related findings are discussed: the full potential of today's digital libraries to support the national challenge transformations has not yet been realized; the federal government can and should do much more to further the science, technology, and creation of digital libraries; libraries, museums, archives, and holders of other digital library collections face significant technical and operational challenges as they migrate to and maintain their holdings in digital form; and intellectual property rights need to be addressed in order to facilitate the creation of and access to digital libraries. The following recommendations are presented: support expanded digital library research in metadata, scalability, interoperability, preservation, intellectual property rights, privacy/security, and human use; establish large-scale digital library testbeds; the federal government should provide the necessary resources to make all public federal material persistently available in digital form on the Internet; and the federal government should play a leadership role in evolving policy to deal fairly with intellectual property rights in the digital age. (Contains 77 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Libraries, Federal Government, Government Role, Intellectual Property, Internet, Library Development, Library Materials, Library Services, Policy Formation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.
Note: Produced by President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, Panel on Digital Libraries.