Call for Participation
Open Working Group on Agents in Digital Libraries
DELOS - Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries
WP3: Standardisation Forum
Libraries, archives, museums, or content and services providers in general, represent different contexts with different approaches and requirements for describing "agents". Traditionally understood as authors, publishers, distributors, editors, creators, rights owners, etc., those concepts now face new challenges in a digital world, characterized by new genres of contents, new business models, and an increasing tendency for cross collaboration between contexts.
Can we identify interfaces and areas of overlap between these different fields and specify requirements for interoperability for systems and services involving these concepts? Can we identify existing practices, experiences, systems or standards to be shared? What are the problems to be solved and how can we present their requirements?
The DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries is promoting an international and multidisciplinary working group, with an agenda for 2001, to address this problem. This group will produce a final report, to be published by DELOS in the early months of 2002, identifying and describing the key players (organizations and communities to be taken into account), their perspectives, contexts and practices, as well as their main requirements and opportunities for cross-cooperation. The purpose of this report will be to collect, organize, analyze and present all the information necessary to foster wide understanding and promote cooperation in this area.
Working group activities will start in January 2001. Contributions and discussions will be promoted in an electronic mailing list moderated by core members, who will meet face-to-face during the year according to a plan under development. Core members will be responsible for editing the report and for organizing a DELOS workshop to be held in Portugal in October 2001. A first draft of the final report will be presented in September, during the ECDL2001 conference in Darmstadt, Germany.
These efforts will be coordinated with the activities of the LEAF project (a new project funded by the European Commission to start activities in February 2001), and with the Agents Working Group of the DCMI - Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DC-Agent).
To participate in this working group (open to anyone willing to contribute), or simply to receive information, please contact the chair of these activities:
Name: José Luis Borbinha - National Library of Portugal