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Building Digital Libraries through Collaboration Within and Between Nations (SIGs DL & III)

Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College - Paul Nieuwenhuysen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Ana Pavani, PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee -

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Sponsored by SIG-DL and SIG-III

One measure of success for digital library development is a robust collection that fulfills the DLís purpose. This goal is best met when the DL is conceptualized as a collaboration among numerous partners whose contributions from distributed sites are coordinated to form a single DL organization. A digital library of this type provides users with richer resources, exposes content to a wider audience, and promotes the diffusion of DLs, particularly in developing countries. This panel discusses different models of collaboration that are used to build digital libraries that combine national resources and international in scope. Speakers are involved in many aspects of building collaborations and will discuss: * Developing a model for international collaboration that can be extended to many projects as demonstrated by The Global Memory Net, an NSF funded International Digital Library Project. * Organizing distributed information centers across international borders for improving access to information from scientific organizations in developing countries as demonstrated by the UNESCO-IOC-IODE-ODINAFRICA project. * Encouraging the diffusion of digital libraries in Latin America through the use of train the trainer sessions for universities interested in joining the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. * Identifying communication channels that can be used to help build a robust collaborative international digital library.

This session is designed to be interactive in nature, with each speaker making a concise presentation that sets the stage for an engaged conversation with the audience.

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