Using Standards to Break Down Information Transfer Barriers,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)
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Standards for representing and encoding data as well as standards for the interconnection of systems having different hardware and software are both essential for effective electronic information transfer. To date, although major strides have been made internationally on standards in both the data and telecommunications areas, much remains to be done before effective electronic information transfer can take place either nationally or internationally. This paper addresses the difficulties in achieving approved standards internationally, the state of the art, and some new standards that potentially will have a positive impact on information transfer such a those pertaining to electronic publishing. It also addresses the Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model, a suite of telecommunications standards which hold great promise for the interconnection of systems with different hardware and software. Finally, the paper discusses the work that has been done to date to implement these standards for library and information applications and challenges for the future.
- Information Science