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Published by: Chris Nash on Jul 26, 2008
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 Accessibility and Integrity of Networked  Information Collections
August 1993
OTA-BP-TCT-109NTIS order #PB93-218923
Technological advances in networking--ranging fromwidespread use of Internet to development of the National Researchand Education Network and National Information Infrastructure--areushering in a new era of information systems and online informationresources. Networked information collections, or “digital libraries, ”allowing online access to books, journals, music, images, databases,and multimedia works will be an important part of this newinfrastructure. The extent to which these resources’ potential isrealized will depend, in part, on their accessibility and “user-friendliness. But measures to increase user friendliness have anequally important counterpart in measures to ensure the integrity andproper use of network information resources. Otherwise, potentialproblems like plagiarism, corruption of databases, and improper useof copyrighted materials could impede development of networkedinformation collections or limit their public accessibility.Clifford Lynch’s contractor report was prepared as part of anOffice of Technology Assessment planning activity on theaccessibility and integrity of digital libraries, in partial fulfillment ofSection 2385 of the Rural Economic Development Act of 1990(Public Law 101 -624).In this contractor report, Lynch takes the perspective of thelibrary community and its users and patrons in examining issues andpotential problems facing digital libraries, with emphasis onaccessibility, integrity, and the interrelationships between them.Lynch discusses the technological and institutional measures that canbe used to address access and integrity issues, identifies problemsthat cannot be appropriately resolved by current technologies and/orinstitutions, and offers his views concerning actions by Governmentand others that will be needed to address them.
Robert J. AikenU.S. Department of EnergyPat BattinCommission on Preservationand AccessAnn BishopUniversity of IllinoisBonnie C. CarrollInformation InternationalAssociates Inc.Steve CislerApple Computer, Inc.Nancy Eatonlowa State UniversityJane C. GinsburgColumbia Law SchoolJane Bortnick GriffithCongressional ResearchServiceLibrary of CongressLee A. HollaarUniversity of UtahKaren HunterElsevier Science PublishingCompany, Inc.Brian KahinHarvard UniversityBrewster KahleWAIS, Inc.Tim LanceState University ofNew York at AlbanyJean PonyNYSERNetMaria ZemankovaNational Science Foundation
OTA appreciates and is grateful for the valuable assistance and thoughtful critiques provided by these reviewers.They do not, however, necessarily approve, disapprove, or endorse this contractor report.

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