Telematics for Libraries
Project BIBLINK ran from 1st April 1996 to 15th February 2000,
with funding from the European Commissions
Telematics Applications Programme.
Its aim was to establish a relationship between national bibliographic agencies and
publishers of electronic material, in order to establish authoritative bibliographic
information that would benefit both sectors.
The concept crystallised from the work of an EU concerted action known as CoBRA. This forum recognised that the significant growth in electronic publishing raised issues that needed to be addressed at an international level. Project BIBLINK called upon the bibliographic expertise of the national libraries of Europe, working in conjunction with partners in the book industry, to examine the way in which electronic publications are described for catalogues and other listings.
It is intended that the software resulting from the project will be placed in the public domain. The conditions for its use are at present under discussion.
The BIBLINK demonstrator, a shared workspace which enabled a bi-directional flow of information about electronic publications between publishers and NBAs.