Digital Library Competence Center
by Maria Bruna Baldacci and Stefania Biagioni
IEI-CNR, Pisa, Italy is operating a Digital Library Competence Centre. The Centre provides specific user communities with tutorials, demonstrations and case-studies of digital library technologies, services and expertise. It also offers hands-on experience with advanced digital library testbeds.
Digital library technologies will dominate the Internet of the 21st century. As the global information infrastructure becomes an essential part of everyday life, digital libraries will become a necessary component of this infrastructure. They will become one of the major tools that provide European citizens with access to scientific knowledge and to information on their cultural heritage. Independently of the extent to which librarians, archivists and museum curators are happy with this vision of the future, they are now demanding knowledge of digital library technologies and of the new type of services that digital libraries can deliver.
To satisfy this demand, a Digital Library Competence Center has been set up in Pisa, Italy, coordinated by IEI-CNR, under a contract from the EC IST Programme (IST-2001-32587). The Institute has a well-consolidated experience in the research and development of various types of advanced digital library systems. The objective of the Centre is to provide specific user communities, eg librarians, archivists, scholars and technicians, with access to advanced digital library services, expertise and training that will allow them to understand and use these new technologies.
The following courses have been scheduled for April 2002 November 2003. Each course is supported by a specific DL prototype, mainly developed at the Institute:
Digital Library Based Collaboration:
Open Access to Digital Libraries:
Permanent Access to On-line Journals:
Indexing and Searching Audio-visual Material: Archivists and other interested user communities will be trained in the (semi)-automatic indexing and searching of audiovisual material. The aim is to improve the productivity and cost effectiveness of producing and using digital audiovisual archives. An advanced metadata editing environment integrated within a film digital library will be demonstrated. Test bed: ECHO European Chronicles Online.
The courses are free of charge. Registration is requested and no more than ten participants are accepted per course.