April 2009 www.infotoday.com
the U.K. PLC, has scant link to 6 million digital objects from Eu-
recognition of the economic ropean collections, funded by the EC; the
and social benefits contri- site actually crashed under the load of its
buted to the U.K. by British launch last December.
publishers and societies. Presently, Europeana is available again
In the section “Implications as a prototype with a new launch date of
for publishers and the pub- 2010. It is still in test mode with the num-
lishing industry,” a reduc- ber of users likely to be limited at peak
tion in income and employ- times. On the other hand, The European
ment in the publishing Library was relaunched Feb. 17, with a
industry is described as a few enhancements that have been recom-
“difficult adjustment for mended by users, including multilingual
those concerned.” How- search facilities, FAQs, and a user guide.
ever, in a dynamic econ- The European Library allows search-
omy, “the capital and la- ing that can be restricted to specific col-
bour no longer employed lections, media types, or subject categories.
in publishing would be em- A search presents the number of hits in
ployed in an alternative each collection that are sorted by country.
Report Examines activity. Given the relative
size of the publishing indus-
try and the rate at which
The results provide links to other services
such as Amazon, Google, and Wikipedia.
The European Library also links to
Costs of OA Publishing alternative publishing mod-
els are being adopted, it is
unlikely that the UK econ-
digital objects wherever available. Many
of these will be exhibited in occasional
online exhibitions. One such exhibition
by JIM ASHLING | The elements of the scholarly com- omy would have difficulty adjusting to on the Napoleonic Wars (1799–1815) was
munication process were identified us- such a change.” No guidance is provided launched to coincide with the 200th an-
hich of the three scholarly ing a life-cycle model outlined by Bo- on what the “alternative activities” for niversary of the campaigns. More than
publishing models are having Christer Björk in 2007. The environment those left unemployed might be. 200 rarities were collected from the na-
the most success in the open under study was higher education in tional libraries of Spain, Portugal, France,
access (OA) domain today? A new re- the U.K., and the materials in question An A