LIBNET: A Case Study in Information Ownership & Tariff Incentives in a Collaborative Library Database

LIBNET: A Case Study in Information Ownership & Tariff Incentives in a Collaborative Library Database

A.S.C. Hooper (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2005070105
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Abstract

In any cooperative database the participants contribute their data for their own as well as the benefit of the other members, usually with incentives from the database administrators. A South African library network company (LIBNET) provided a networked service to participating libraries. Member benefits included conversion of their catalogues into machine-readable form, significantly reduced costs through cooperative cataloguing and more efficient interlibrary loans through a union catalogue of the holdings of the participant libraries. This case study explores some of the issues influencing tariff determination in a cooperative database. Questions of data ownership and the provision of incentives for the uploading of data also raise legal and ethical issues. The case study provides a basis for exploring business strategy in collaborative database management.

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