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Subject: News Release from RLG
From: Frans Lettenstrom <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 10 Jan 1996 12:46:41 +0100

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>The following is a news announcement from the Research Libraries Group.
>It is being posted to other museum and library-related LISTSERVs.
>            RLG and Pica Form International Alliance to
>              Improve Information Access and Delivery;
>            First Phase: Internet-based "WebDOC" service
>      for immediate discovery and use of electronic documents
>The US-based Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG), and Pica, the Centre
>for Library Automation in The Netherlands, have signed an agreement to
>codevelop a document discovery and delivery service on the World Wide
>Web, called WebDOC.
>The new service will allow end users to search a special catalog of
>bibliographic records (maintained in parallel on both the RLG and Pica
>host computers), via Web browsers and to retrieve documents linked to
>them -- full text, articles, maps, images, etc.  -- using Web
>technology. WebDOC interposes a licensing and accounting server between
>the catalog record and access to the whole document it describes, to
>verify that the user is covered by an institutional license or else to
>debit the user's personal account.
>WebDOC is designed to provide an environment for end-user access where
>the rights holders may seek compensation for use of their materials.
>These include many journal articles and some unusual, high-quality image
>and primary sources collections.
>RLG and Pica plan to launch WebDOC as a pilot production project in
>1996, starting in January in the Netherlands and Germany and in
>September in the United States. Pica has already identified a group of
>institutions in the Netherlands that will participate with their end
>users in the pilot; in the new year, RLG will identify pilot
>participants from among its members. Both organizations seek cooperation
>with commercial document suppliers and publishers to participate in the
>project. Pica recently signed the first contract with a publisher,
>Kluwer Academic Publishers in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
>WebDOC is the first phase of a broader strategic collaboration planned
>to achieve streamlined access to documents in paper form as well as
>digitized materials -- and to give the end user a single interface for
>information retrieval, document request, electronically assisted
>document delivery, and conventional interlibrary loan. RLG and Pica
>intend to pool development resources in creating shareable software
>modules and to offer integrated end-user services to libraries and their
>patrons on both sides of the Atlantic.
>Both organizations have home pages on the World Wide Web.
>  To learn more about RLG, connect to
>  For Pica, connect to

Frans Lettenstrom, Ph.D.

Executive Officer, Information Technology
Handlaeggare av IT-fraagor

BIBSAM, Office for National Planning and Co-ordination
The Royal Library, National Library of Sweden
Box 5039, S-102 41 Stockholm, Sweden

Visiting address: Biblioteksgatan 29
Phone: +46 8 4634436
Fax:   +46 8 4634274
Email: [log in to unmask]

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