This final report follows much the same plan as the workshop, but benefits frompeer reviews of preliminary results. Chapter 2 presents Raj Reddy's vision ofthe digital library of the future, the kind of inspiration shared by many inJapan who are working to make this dream a reality. Jerry Mendel brings us backto earth with a description of digital libraries as they exist today,particularly for education applications (Chapter 3). Tryg Ager lays out thehardware and software architectures that provide the framework for thedevelopment efforts in Japan (Chapter 4). Bruce Croft and Rama Chellapa reviewthe way the Japanese deal with text and image data (Chapters 5 and 6). BethDavis-Brown covers the central issue of access, metadata, in Chapter 7. In theconcluding Chapter 8, Michael Shamos presents the economic and intellectualproperty aspects of information access in Japan, and policy-what governmentscan do to provide the library of the future. Appendices A and B contain thevitas of the panelists and other team members, respectively, and Appendix C hasthe detailed trip reports from the 18 Japanese sites studied.
Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian