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Delos - Network of Excellence for Digital Libraries
Digital Libraries represent a new infrastructure and environment that has been created by the integration and use of computing, communications, and digital content on a global scale destined to become an essential part of the information infrastructure in the 21st century. Digital libraries will make Europe's cultural heritage and scientific content available to all European citizens, and will sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. New DL research, technologies and applications will thus greatly contribute to the advancement of the use of distributed, networked information of all types in Europe and the world.
Instrumental to the promotion of the digital library research and development in Europe is the creation of the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries. DELOS is an initiative funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies 5th Framework Programme (IST-FP5). Its objectives are to:
contribute towards improving the effectiveness of European research in this emerging domain;
provide a forum where researchers, practitioners, and representatives of interested application communities and industries can exchange ideas and experiences;
train young researchers in the DL field;
contribute towards defining a European Union research policy in the DL domain;
cooperate with on-going standardization activities in relevant DL fields;
facilitate take-up of DL technologies in all interested application communities;
create a forum where results of EU funded DL projects can be presented and where common problems can be discussed and areas of cooperation identified;
promote cooperation between European and national DL initiatives;
promote international cooperation in the DL research domain.
DELOS is open to the participation and contribution of all researchers and practitioners working in the digital library field.