A comparison of digital library systems and capabilities in Japan and theUnited States suggests the following:
- In the United States and Japan, digital libraries are custom integrationswith emphasis on a common set of core capabilities.
- In the United States and Japan, compelling examples of digital librarysystems and architecture solve specific business problems.
- Scaling of digital library capacity depends on internationally shared data,metadata, and distributed systems standards.
- For the next decade, the digital libraries will be based on common coretechnologies designed, implemented, and integrated to support certain businessprocesses.
- Japan and the United States are comparable regarding architectures andsystems as such.
- Japanese technology companies stress mainline multimedia middleware, whileU.S. startup companies are more innovative.
Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian