as of 4th January 1997
IntroductionInfoBike will provide the academic and library user with the ability to search for articles of interest within bibliographic databases, to order articles in an electronic form and have them delivered to the user's work station for browsing. It is a project devised and led by Bath Information Data Services (BIDS) at Bath University.
InfoBike's Mission Statement is:
To make available, and prove, in a real environment, an Electronic Document finding, ordering, delivering and browsing service.
DescriptionThe key features are :
The fundamental system concept is to separate resource discovery, or searching bibliographic catalogues, from access to electronic document stores, and the delivery of material from these. This separation recognises that the identification of material which the user might want, and the process of getting it, often depend on accessing different sources. These two functions are therefore linked by a system which locates identified documents on electronic document stores, whether local or remote, authorises users who have rights of free access to the documents, (or collects fees by account or credit card), and provides comprehensive, secure, transaction management.
Some or all of the system components can be installed by individual libraries, publishers, document supply organisations, and bibliographic database service operators, as appropriate. The infrastructure thus established will provide for services which will allow users to have browsing and reading access to a large range of journals in electronic form, for which their institutions have paid licence fees. This will be backed up by an electronic document delivery facility, charged on a usage basis, for titles to which users' institutions have not subscribed. One of the main objectives is to ensure that the services which are established take account of the legitimate interests of users, libraries, publishers and authors. One of the factors critical to the effective introduction of such a service is the selection of a pricing model that is acceptable to all the parties; a part of the project will be to assist in the establishment of such models.
Key deliverablesThe Key Deliverables from the project are:
PartnersThe project partners are: Academic Press, University of Bath (BIDS), Blackwell Science, CALIM, ICL and the Universities of Keele, Staffordshire and Kent, and BIDS.
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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