|The National Science Foundation has fostered much of the development
of digital library technologies, services, and collections, both
in the US and in collaboration with international partners. The
Digital Library Initiative (DLI), followed by DLI-2 paved the
way for the remarkable progress made over the past decade. Each
of these initiatives developed and evolved through the collective
wisdom and insight of the research community in open discussion.
As DLI-2 approaches its conclusion, NSF is, once again, engaging
the international community of scholars, practitioners, and users
to advise it on future research needs and opportunities.
This invitational workshop on “post digital library
futures,” or “ubiquitous knowledge environments,” as
some of us are beginning to think of them, is the beginning
of the dialogue. The proceedings will be available on this
web site later this summer, documenting the findings and recommendations
of the workshop participants.
We anticipate that the workshop and its proceedings will spawn
a broader discussion throughout the research community that
will converge in substantial concurrence around a final set
of recommendations to help shape the future of federally-sponsored
research in this critical area.