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National Library of China Workshop

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

On the national news front, last week Sun held a digital library workshop with the National Library of
China. About 40 audience
attended the workshop with most being members of the engineering and library staffs from NLC and Chongqing Library.

Jerry McDonough of METS fame and now trying his talents as a professor at University of Illinois Champaign and Prof.Akihiko Takano of the National Institute of Informatics in Japan introduced the development and histories of digital library development in
the U.S. and Japan. Professor Takano has developed an Associative Search engine algorithm which has been released as open source. Testing is underway at Stanford Libraries as part of our COE initiative now. The demo's show of several digital library sites in U.S. and Japan
. In the afternoon, Dr. Sun Wei, the chief engineer of the national library of China digital library project, along with his assitants, disscussed some key points of
digital library project status.

Here's a link to Aki's work at NII:
Webcat: NII, Japan: (http://webcat.nii.ac.jp/help2_eng.html)

The National Library of China Digital Library Project:

http://www.nlc.gov.cn/ndlc/index.htm

The Government is creating a new facility for the National Library now in Beijing. On my last visit, there was almost nothing there except for the cranes and bulldozers making room for the new spectacular facility. Libraries are increasingly making use of great architecture to create innovative and inspirational atmospheres for conversation, a look at the vast physical collections and increasingly participate in the emergin digital media universe.






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