As content-rich project web sites and accompanying mailing lists are now common place for dissemination purposes of most national and international projects, this does leave room for further means of external web-based dissemination. Exploit Interactive is part of the Exploit project, an accompanying measure in the DG XIII Telematics for Libraries Programme. The project's aim is to promote and assist in the improved dissemination of deliverables via the Exploit database (presently being developed by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut) and this, its web magazine. Ideally, sharing and re-use of deliverables would work to expedite projects covering similar ground, and hopefully curtail duplication of effort. At the very least, the sharing and promotion of project details and experiences will work to raise awareness of effort and interest within the pan-European library and networking communities and, better still, take partners from existing or completed DG XIII projects steps toward raised awareness and possible participation within the EC's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme. IST is one of the four thematic programmes under the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, 1998-2002, and is managed by the DG XIII of the European Commission .
One of the strategic objectives of the IST Programme is to encourage the widest possible international cooperation to achieve global consensus for interoperability and standardisation, promote the best technological know-how and exchange of scientific information, and strengthen scientific and technological cooperation with the "accession" countries .
In this, our second issue, the project contributions demonstrate the pan-European scope within the Telematics communities. The feature and regular columns include articles about: the already-completed MURIEL project, an electronic education system with remote document processing facilities, providing an ISDN gateway to import and export courseware over the MURIEL courseware data servers; ADVISER's online knowledge of who is doing what in European research technology development (RTD); the consortium expectations, exploitation and cost coverage strategies from CASA (Co-operative Archive of Serials and Articles); the Central and Eastern European Copyright User Platform; discussion about the second phase of the successful Electronic Library Image Service for Europe (ELISE II); a look behind the scenes at LAURIN (Libraries and Archives Collecting Newspaper Clippings Unified for Their Integration in Networks); the VERITY project (Virtual and Electronic Resources for Information Skills Training for Young people).
The IDEAL-IST partner search solution for the Fifth Framework Programme is profiled within the feature articles from the broader community section with its Solution to Small to Medium Sized Enterprises Under the IST Programme.
In a follow-up to the last issue's article by the Telematics for Libraries Web Site Development Team, there is a tour through the new Digital Heritage and Cultural Content Web Site.
Seeking partnerships for Fifth Framework Programme is: InfoConsult(Europe) which has contributed the IBSI article, Improving Business Search on Internet: Defining an Innovative XML-based Internet Search Engine to Improve E-commerce and Business Directories. IBSI is part of the EC funded KITE (Knowledge and Information Transfer on Electronic Commerce) project. The ELISE II project also mentions an interest in collaboration with other projects and countries.
Blue Angel Technologies and their integrated knowledge management tool suite, Metastar, is profiled in one of the feature articles. Margaret St. Pierre, author, founder and Chief Technical Officer of Blue Angel Technologies, is recognized as one of the leading experts in the Z39.50 protocol and related standards. Blue Angel is based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in the United States.
In the Citizen's Gateways column, PubliCA takes a closer look at the Training Centres Initiative. PubliCA's mandate was renewed in 1998, and extended to the ten Central and Eastern European countries with pre-accession agreements: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. PubliCA is now engaged in the set-up of a training programme for public library service managers from Central and Eastern Europe, based in "centres of excellence" around Europe.
Looking ahead, we hope that you will consider including Exploit Interactive as part of your web-based dissemination strategy. Whether the project is completed or ongoing, do consider contributing to one of the upcoming issues. We are, of course, always interested in articles and news contributions from members of the broader library, higher education and commercial sectors. In issue three, we will take a look the broad area of Internationalisation, addressing the related issues of working and competing for funding in an international environment with partners drawn from the library, higher education and commercial sectors.
In Traugott Koch's article in issue one, International Cooperation - Real Opportunities?, he discussed the benefits of international conferences with an interdisciplinary approach which provide opportunities to discuss the problems concerning the big cooperative efforts such as the lack of funding options for all partners from non-member areas. If you would like to raise an issue or simply follow what we hope will be an active and ongoing discussion, take a moment to view the HyperNews Forum, accessible from the issue 2 contents page and below. On behalf of the Exploit project partners (DBI, British Council and UKOLN), we hope you enjoy the issue.
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