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Digitisation | library | eBooks
The EOD network can be seen as a contribution to reach the i2010 plan of the EU commission. Its aim is to provide European citizens with a service where potentially all historical books (published between 1500 and 1930) can be ordered as eBooks. In other words: Whereas mass digitisation projects always need to select which kind of material shall be digitised, the EOD service gives everyone the chance to order a book here and now as eBook.
The EOD Service has been set up within the DoD Project (Digitisation on Demand) co-financed by the eTEN Programme. After completion of the project in June 2008 the EOD service will be run by the EOD Network. This will be a not-for-profit service run co-operatively by the EOD libraries. It is planned to extend the service towards all European countries.
We expect that in 2008 we will be able to deliver some thousands of books as eBooks. Our clients will be researchers, historians, genealogists etc. all over Europe and all over the world. They will all get access to European historical books which otherwise would not have been possible for them, or if - only in connection with extremely high personal effort and costs. All the delivered books are also preserved for the long-term and are forming therefore a part of the European digital library - available for everybody via the Internet.
EOD has won 3 awards so far:
- Best poster presentation at the largest European conference on digital libraries ECDL 2007 in Budapest.
- Second place of the Tyrolian business plan competition among more than 130 teams. The business plan was reviewed by two consultants and presented towards a high level expert jury.
- Third place of the Austrian wide business plan competition (category: technology) among more than 250 teams. Again the business plan was reviewed by two external experts and presented to a high level expert jury.
Lesson 1 - Do not underestimate the efforts needed to set up a new service on a pan-european level. Even with a realistic approach one is tempted to calculate too low the efforts needed for organising and communicating within a multilingual and multinational team.
Lesson 2 - Keep the right balance in communicating with partner organisations: Provide them with clear guidelines, but avoid to be too autocratic.
Lesson 3 - Include external experts at the right time.