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Monday, November 26, 2007

Sharing information for public benefit

Robert Davies, Opening up information for better public value, New Library World, 108, 11/12 (2007) pp. 490-503.  Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to a number of initiatives in train at European and international level to promote the value of public investments in digital information from different perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – Major developments in three key areas are described and assessed in terms of their potential impact on libraries in the digital era.

Findings – Significant progress is being made in opening up digital information for wider use but major barriers and constraints remain to be addressed.

Originality/value – The paper brings together inter-related perspectives, e.g. those of public and private sector users, which are not always seen as part of the same picture. It is of interest to a wide range of stakeholders in the information society and the knowledge economy.