Study on deposit of electronic publications

Subject: Study on deposit of electronic publications
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: ke 30 loka†† 1996 - 00:23:52 EET

Dear list members,

The European Commission, DGXIII, has recently published a study
entitled "Deposit collections of electronic publications" The study is
one of a series on "Libraries in the Information Society", carried out
under the "Libraries" sector of the Community's specific RTD
programme in the field of telematics applications.

The study focuses on the problems and needs of maintaining
complete collections of published material in new digital formats.
Whilst most countries require publishers to deposit copies of all
published printed material in certain "deposit libraries", these legal
requirements often do not apply to publications in electronic formats.

The conclusion of the study underline the need to extend deposit
requirements to electronic formats. The study however recognizes
that, in view of the constantly changing nature of electronic
publishing, there is a need to maintain flexible rules in respect of
electronic formats.

A copy of the report can be obtained from the Office of Official
Publications in Luxembourg (Price 18.50 ECU), fax: +352-290828.

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra

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