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Title: Digital library development in Italy and Spain
Authors: Abadal, Ernest
Solimine, Giovanni
Keywords: digital libraries;digitization;European Union strategies;Italy;Spain;Digital library development in Italy and Spain
Issue Date: Jul-2005
Source: E. ABADAL, G. SOLIMINE, Digital library development in Italy and Spain, in in The 3rd International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications. Proceedings PISTA 2005, July 14-17, 2005 - Orlando (Florida, USA) Orlando, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, 2005, p. 295-300.
This paper presents the background and current stage of development of digital libraries in Spain and Italy. First of all, it presents the European background of the policies and projects in the field of digital libraries and digitization, paying special attention to the MINERVA and MICHAEL projects, both of which focus on the integration of national cultural portal initiatives to promote access to European cultural heritage. Secondly, the paper describes the situation of Italian and Spanish libraries with respect to technological aspects and the most important Italian and Spanish experiences in areas such as catalogue integration, digitizing of special collections and types of documents (books, music, graphics, etc.) and the creation of special portals (for children, with academic publications, etc.). Finally, it draws some conclusions on the reasons for this situation and discusses future tendencies.
Rights: If not otherwise stated, this document is distributed by the Tuscia University Open Archive under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution - Noncommercial - Noderivs License (
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