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January 15, 1999 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on January 15, 1999.

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For "Digital Library" Collections -- Europrix '98

One unique thing which libraries can do, in this "Digital Age", is to get and stay ahead on "digital library" materials: on identifying them, on providing access to them, even on -- necessity requiring and budget willing -- "collecting" them.

No one else is going to do it. Good material disappears from online sites as rapidly as it appears: the "Digital Age" is giving a whole new meaning to the term "ephemera"...

In this spirit -- sceptical and desperate, but also cautiously optimistic -- what follows is a quick review of several of the very latest and perhaps best potential "digital library" multimedia offerings from Europe, with a short discussion of how and whether to stay current with such developments there.

The list here is derived from a CDROM entitled "Europrix 98, MultiMedia Art", presenting the results of the new annual EU / DGXIII - sponsored competition to find the best in European "multimedia" work. Most of you will find something of interest in the list which follows, and many of you will find something to add to your own collections.

And all of you should take note of the great increase and sophistication in European "multimedia" which Europrix represents: this is the land of the "euro", after all -- the emerging competition for the US behemoth, and perhaps a good representative of what "the rest of the world" is up to, and is capable of, in things digital...


Europrix identified 5 categories for its 1998 competition: an extraordinary 557 entries from 26 countries were examined and judged -- some offline / CDROM and others already online / W3, the latter where all, I myself expect, will reside shortly --

  1. "Knowledge and Discovery" Category

  2. "Valorisation of European Culture" Category

  3. "Supporting SME's / Small and Medium - sized Enterprises in the Market Place" Category ["SME" is the EU "Small Business Administration", and a pet and important part of "Europe".]

  4. "Improving Democracy with Multimedia" Category

  5. "First Steps in Multimedia" Category -- for kids, but also the Grand Prize Winner, for far more than just kids...

  6. "Students' Award" -- always the most interesting...

    -- So Malraux is alive and well and so is his "museum without walls": one essential point being that if Wanas changes its collection every Spring, someone else must shoulder the responsibility of disseminating and preserving such ephemeral "events"... Who better than the "library" world, "digital" and otherwise? -- "Preservation and Access", right? -- Wanas will have changed again, in another few months, but now some "digital library" collection, somewhere, can enable an art student in Mozambique to have seen it...


    More on these finalist contestants, including their contact information, may be obtained on the Europrix 98 CDROM, and information about that -- and general Europrix information -- may be found online at,

    and in an article, EuroPrix MultiMediaArt 98, in the print newsletter ECHOFFU : ECHO Facts for Users -- European Multimedia Content (EU, DGXIII/E, 3:98).


    The multiple virtues of seeing "multimedia" things from a European perspective -- and of using, providing access to, even "collecting" what they do -- include:



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