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Digital libraries from the perspective of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology Robert Manger Ministry of Science and Technology E-mail: robert.manger@science.hr LIDA, Dubrovnik , May 23-25, 2001 Aim of this talk:

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digital libraries from the perspective of the croatian ministry of science and technology

Digital libraries from the perspective of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology

Robert Manger

Ministry of Science and Technology

E-mail: robert.manger@science.hr

LIDA, Dubrovnik , May 23-25, 2001

aim of this talk
Aim of this talk:
  • To promote our vision of a digital library, which is realistic and appropriate to the present situation in Croatia.
  • to report on our activities and efforts, which stimulate the development of digital libraries in Croatia.

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outline of the talk
Outline of the talk

1. Changing role of the library

2. Our vision of a digital library

3. Activities of the Ministry

4. SZI program

5. NISKA project

6. SZI versus NISKA

7. Smaller IT projects

8. Digital journals

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1 changing role of the library
1. Changing role of the library
  • For centuries, the useful role of the library in society was obvious and self-explanatory.
  • In the information society the role of the library changes and interferes with other roles:
    • author becomes a publisher, publisher a librarian, librarian both a publisher and author.
  • Thanks to the Internet, users can directly access information, thus bypassing the library.
  • Do we still need the library? Yes, but it should be a digital library with a redefined role.

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2 our vision of a digital library 1
2. Our vision of a digital library (1)
  • Does not deal with the library Utopia of the next century, but with the library of the next decade.
  • The accent is on libraries within educational and research institutions, e.g. university libraries.
  • In accordance with the present circumstances in Croatia.
  • Characterized by four aspects:

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2 our vision of a digital library 2
2. Our vision of a digital library (2)
  • A gateway to information in whatever format this information is written and wherever it is located.
  • A center of expertise, because of the increasing complexity of the information landscape.
  • A social meeting place, where students and scholars are offered advanced study facilities with adequate user support.
  • An assembly point and archive of the printed literature for the next decades.

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3 activities of the ministry 1
3. Activities of the Ministry (1)
  • Stimulate the transition of traditional libraries into new digital libraries.
  • Mostly directed to the libraries within universities and research institutes.
  • Partly concerned with Croatian libraries in general.
  • Partly conducted in collaboration with other ministries and with the National Univ Library.
  • Spend a yearly budget of 9 mil kuna.

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3 activities of the ministry 2
3. Activities of the Ministry (2)
  • The SZI program: a “scientific information network”.
  • The NISKA project: a “national library information system”.
  • Smaller IT projects.
  • Support to digital journals.

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4 szi program 1
4. SZI program (1)
  • Computerization of libraries within the system of higher education and science.
  • Links together libraries belonging to the same area of science:
    • natural sciences,
    • engineering,
    • biomedicine,
    • humanities,
  • Spends a yearly budget of 5 mil kuna.

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4 szi program 2
4. SZI program (2)
  • core activities:
    • acquisition of computers,
    • storing bibliographical data into local databases,
    • establishing common catalogues,
    • maintaining common web pages.
  • additional activities:
    • maintaining the Croatian scientific bibliography,
    • providing on-line access to world-known bibliographical databases,
    • education of librarians and users,
    • acquisition of software.

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4 szi program 3
4. SZI program (3)
  • Natural sciences - Rudjer Bošković Institute Zg
    • 23 additional libraries (Zagreb, Osijek, Split).
  • Technical sciences - Faculty of EE & C, Univ ZG
    • 23 additional libraries (Zg, Os, Ri, St, Du, Si).
  • Biomedicine - Medical School, University of Zg
    • 8 additional libraries (Zg, Os, Ri, St).
  • Humanities - Faculty of Philosophy, Univ ZG
    • 12 libraries within the faculty.

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4 szi program 4
4. SZI program (4)
  • Croatian Scientific Bibliography
    • maintained by the Rudjer Bošković Institute,
    • updated by scientists themselves.
  • On-line databases
    • Current Contents, MEDLINE, Ovid Core Biomedical Collection, INSPEC, Evidence-Based Medicine Review, AGRICOLA, ERIC, PsycINFO, Ulrich's IPD.
  • Education of librarians
    • seminar 2000: 200 participants,
    • seminar 2001: ?

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5 niska project 1
5. NISKA project (1)
  • Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education.
  • Coordinated computerization of different types of libraries in Croatia.
  • Standards which would enable connectivity, data exchange, overall visibility of catalogues, sharing digital documents, common portals.
  • Specification and design: 3 ministries together.
  • Implementation: each ministry separately.

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5 niska project 2
5. NISKA project (2)
  • Project phases
    • analysis of the current system, requirements specification, design of the new system, implementation strategy.
  • Project consortium
    • IBM Croatia, National and University Library, Viva Info, Croatian Telecom, ...
  • Project organization
    • steering committee, coordination team, office, 5 functional teams.

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6 szi versus niska
6. SZI versus NISKA
  • SZI is devoted to libraries within universities and research institutes, NISKA is more general.
  • SZI manages the present situation, NISKA plans a better future.
  • SZI can be considered as a premature implementation of NISKA.
  • SZI should be adjusted according to forthcoming results of NISKA.

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7 smaller it projects 1
7. Smaller IT projects (1)
  • Resemble ordinary scientific projects (refereeing, financing, monitoring).
  • Scheduled for one year.
  • Produce digital contents as results:
    • digital textbooks,
    • web portals,
    • virtual museums,
    • software, databases ...

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7 smaller it projects 2
7. Smaller IT projects (2)
  • Year 2000: 240 proposals, 112 positively reviewed, 41 financed.
  • Year 2001: 125 proposals, ...
  • Applicants: universities (faculties) research institutes, software companies, web studios.
  • Yearly budget: 3 mil kuna.

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8 digital journals
8. Digital journals
  • Croatian Medical Journal - CMJ
    • edited by Zg University School of Medicine,
    • full online version available.
  • Journal of Computing and Information Technology - CIT
    • published by SRCE,
    • digital submission, refereeing, contacts,
    • hard copy issues,
    • soon to become fully digital.

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references
References
  • Saračević T: Digital libraries - differing perspectives and challenges. Proc ITI’99, Pula, June 15-18, 1999. SRCE, Zagreb, 1999.
  • Klugkist J.A: The changing role of the librarian - a virtual library and a real archive. 2nd ICSU-UNESCO Int Conf on Electronic Publishing in Science, Paris, Feb 20-23, 2001.
  • www.szi.hr, www.niska.hr, www.science.hr.
  • www.cmj.hr, cit.srce.hr.

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ministry of science and technology
Ministry of Science and Technology

Strossmayerov trg 4, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia

phone:+385 (1) 459 44 44

fax: +385 (1) 459 44 69

http://www.science.hr, e-mail: office@science.hr.

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