The CEC has embarked on a two‐year programme to encourage the creation of new systems in electronic document delivery and electronic storage — the DOCDEL programme, which…
The CEC has embarked on a two‐year programme to encourage the creation of new systems in electronic document delivery and electronic storage — the DOCDEL programme, which is co‐financed by the CEC and independent consortia. Ten experiments have been selected for support: TRANSDOC; Electronic Publishing of Patent Information; EURODOCDEL; The Electronic Magazine; Electronic Journals in Chemistry; a CEA proposal to place a mathematical journal online with Questel; two electronic newsletters in the fields of information technology and the information industry; a project to devise standardized methods for handling complex texts and difficult character sets within an integrated electronic publishing system; a proposal to create a system which will reduce the costs of printing low volumes of scientific documents; and a network of electronic invisible colleges for the rapid circulation of grey literature and pre‐published material. The experiments have raised several issues of concern, one of which is standards. CEC will identify these areas, draft standards and encourage their early adoption. Another area of concern is the need to build up experience of microcomputers on international public data networks. A full evaluation programme of the experiments will be undertaken by an independent team over a period of at least 15 months.
The desirability of electronic document delivery systems has been argued for years and the reasons for the slow progress of the idea are discussed. An explanation of the technical background is provided followed by some examples of electronic means of information distribution such as facsimile and disc‐based systems. Some experimental projects are described and the article concludes with a description of document image processing systems used for business purposes which have a number of features in common with delivery systems.
The Commission of the European Communities initiated over 1983—1986 a set of experiments in electronic publishing and electronic document delivery, in order to test the…
The Commission of the European Communities initiated over 1983—1986 a set of experiments in electronic publishing and electronic document delivery, in order to test the performance, costs and user acceptance of such systems. The experiments aimed to break the mould of conventional electronic information services set by the limitations of the ASCII character set and packet‐switched data networks. Full texts, including graphics, diagrams, mathematical formulae and different typefaces were experimented upon, as regards their electronic capture, storage, retrieval and distribution. A systematic independent evaluation of the experiments was carried out. This paper gives an overview of some of the results obtained, and of the major findings or spin‐offs which have been identified, which go to show that the impact of DOCDEL upon the information market has been considerable.