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ELAG and its strenghts. Paula Goossens. ELAG: ITS START. INTERMARC End ’60: MARC (USA, UK) beginning ’70: ‘European’ MARC format needed From formats to common interest in issues of software develpoment INTERMARC software subgroup ’79: birth of INTERMARC software group

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elag and its strenghts

ELAG and its strenghts

Paula Goossens

elag its start
ELAG: ITS START
  • INTERMARC
    • End ’60: MARC (USA, UK)
    • beginning ’70: ‘European’ MARC format needed
    • From formats to common interest in issues of software develpoment
  • INTERMARC software subgroup
    • ’79: birth of INTERMARC software group
    • ’84: more representative name : ELAG (EuropeanLibraryAutomationGroup)
    • Main activity: yearly seminars
elag objectives
ELAG objectives
  • In depth discussion of library ICT applications
  • Informal exchange and promotion of ideas and experience in the field
  • Main topics technical for participants with computing background
programme of the elag seminars 1
Programme of the ELAG seminars (1)
  • PAPERS
  • WORKSHOPS
  • PROGRESS REPORTS
  • FORUM
  • Presentation of commercial products

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  • SOCIAL EVENTS
    • Common ‘coffee’ breaks and lunches
    • Evening events
    • Visit of hosting library, of hosting organisation, etc.

ALL in 3 days!

programme of the elag seminars 2
Programme of the ELAG seminars (2)

PAPERS

  • The topic of the seminar
  • Interesting projects in the country that hosts the meeting
  • Any other interesting current project
  • EX. of ELAG 2004

http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/elag2004/www.elag2004.no/index.html

10 to 13 papers!

programme of the elag seminars 3
Programme of the ELAG seminars (3)

WORKSHOP

- Discussion in small a group of a topic of interest

- 5 to 10 workshops in parallel

- 4 to 5 sessions of more then 1 hour

- Outcome: report presented to plenary audience

- Ex. ELAG 2005

http://elag2005.web.cern.ch/elag2005/

One member participates in one workshop

programme of the elag seminars 4
Programme of the ELAG seminars (4)

Progress reports (last year)

  • Each participant reports the library ICT progress in his organisation or in his country
  • The participants read the reports on beforehand
  • There are 2 special sessions for questions and comments on these

- The authors themselves give reply

  • Ex. ELAG

http://elag2005.web.cern.ch/elag2005/

elag meetings concept 1
ELAG meetings: CONCEPT (1)
  • OPEN
  • INFORMAL
  • BUSSY, and at the same time RELAXING
  • HIGH TECNICAL and SCIENTIFIC STANDARD
  • ALL members and institutions PARTICIPATE actively IN THE ORGANISATION

A kind of ‘open club’ of library ICT professionals

elag meetings concept 2
ELAG meetings: CONCEPT (2)
  • OPEN
    • Everyone is welcome
    • Special efforts to attract colleagues from less wealthy countries
    • No registration fee
elag organisation of meetings 1
ELAG: organisation of meetings (1)
  • Members: 350 – mailing list
  • Board:
    • open to all members
    • meets once a year (10 to 20 members)
    • sets up the programme
    • gets invitations from hosting organisations
      • Banced coverage of different regions in Europe
  • Seminars :3 days
elag organisation of the meetings 2
ELAG: organisation of the meetings (2)
  • Host of seminar
    • Local organisation
    • Web site with all info
    • Publication of proceedings
  • National library Netherlands
    • ELAG mailing list
      • Annoncements
      • Discussion
    • ELAG archive
elag organisation of the meetings 3
ELAG: organisation of the meetings (3)
  • Financial aspects
    • All delegates responsable for own expences
    • The hosting organisation takes care for most of the costs
    • The commerciel sponsoring varies, the host takes the initiative
elag and the digital library 1
ELAG and the digital library (1)
  • Examples of papers
    • 1998: Digitization of rare documents: a solution for preservation of and access to data / A. Knoll (Nat. Library, Prague)

http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/elag98/presentations/

    • 1999: The Agora hybrid library project /R.Russell(UKOLN, Bath)

http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/elag99/presentations.html

    • 2000: Electronic resources: from their deposit ‘BIBLINK’ to their long term preservation ‘NEDLIB’ / E. Freyre (BNL, Paris)
elag and the digital library 2
ELAG and the digital library (2)
  • Papers
    • 2001: Document delivery from digital archives / A. Knoll (Nat. Library, Prague)

http://www.stk.cz/elag2001/ELAG2001.html

    • 2004: Norwegian Digital Library/ K. Abelsnes (Norv. Archive, Library and Museum Authority, Oslo)

: Finnish National Library Network / E.P; Keskitalo (Helsinki University Library)

http://www.elag2004.no/

ELAG archive: http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/

elag archive
ELAG archive
  • Latest interesting topics
  • Evolution of a suject over time
  • Spread of participation
  • Who are the key players
elag other interests
ELAG: Other interests
  • From inside: Summer courses (begin. ’80)
    • Strong interest from ELAG members to

transmit knowledge to students

    • No proper financing found
  • From European Commission (mid. ’80)
    • Reshaping the conferences landscape in Europe
    • Part of Liber
    • ELAG: give up a number of originality and
    • Freedom
  • From Universities
    • Knowledge used at different levels
elag and its strenghts1
ELAG and its strenghts
  • The current state of the programmes
  • The developers themselves present their

work in early stages of realisation

  • The active participation in the workshops
  • The good contacts
  • The follow up of the developments in

Europe

  • The nice atmosphere
  • The archive of the activities

http://www.elag2004.no/

http://www.kb.nl/coop/elag/