December 2011 No.79  
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"Chinese Government Public Information Online" is launched


The launching ceremony of Chinese Government Public Information Online, co-developed by the National Library of China (NLC) and provincial libraries, was held at the Digital Library Promotion Project Session in the Annual Conference of Chinese Libraries on 27 October. Liu Xiaoqin, inspector of Department of Community Culture, the Ministry of Culture, and Li Shengxiang, Executive Deputy Director of the Cultural Department of Guizhou Province, addressed a speech in the ceremony respectively, and presented commemorative plaques to the first group of member libraries. Wei Dawei, NLC Deputy Director, introduced the general situation of this platform.

Since the Government Information Disclosure Ordinance came into effect from 1 May 2008, improving transparency of government affairs had become the hot topic, so public libraries assumed the responsibility of providing government information for the public. In order to comply with the demands of the public, the NLC had been optimizing resources and integrating government information at all levels, and finally built Chinese Government Public Information Online.

Chinese Government Public Information Online is an important part of the Digital Library Promotion Project. The platform adopts the pattern of layered construction, cooperative development and sharing, and adopts the cloud computing technology so as to achieve the distributed collection, co-preserving and sharing of government public information with provincial libraries. Currently, the platform has finished the construction of 9 sub-platforms in 9 provinces and cities, including Beijing, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Ningxia, Shanxi, Shandong, Guizhou, Hubei, Zhejiang. The platform has collected government information in the websites of central government agencies, some provinces, autonomous region, and municipalities, and constructed a more orderly and grand information system. The public can browse the information by categories. Up to the present, the platform has issued 400,000 pieces of information, including Gazettes of the State Council, the Ministries and Commissions, and some provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, and provided the navigation information of about 3,000 government agencies from different provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities nationwide.

The launching of Chinese Government Public Information Online shows that libraries' government public information services have moved up a step. They play an important role for promoting the exchange, cooperation of government public information work and resources sharing among public libraries nationwide. In addition, they are improving the efficiency of government information services in public libraries, and establishing related operation standards and guidelines for the organization of government public information resources. Visit here.

   Xinjiang Digital Library Promotion Project is launched

The Working Conference on Partner Assistance to Xinjiang by the National Culture and Cultural Relics System was held in Urumqi on 26 September. As one of the cultural assistance activities, Xinjiang Digital Library Promotion Project was launched. Ouyang Jian, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture, and Hu Wei, a member of Xinjiang Party Committee and Minister of Propaganda, initiated Xinjiang Digital Library Promotion Project.

In the ceremony, Wei Dawei, NLC Deputy Director, signed the Strategic Framework Agreement on Implementing Digital Library Promotion Project between the NLC and Department of Culture of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on behalf of the NLC with the Department of Culture of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Both parties will cooperate on digital resources construction, new-medium services, digital library technologies research and development, personnel training, and library operations.

In the conference, the NLC delivered digital resources to Xinjiang prefecture-level city libraries and corps on mobile hard disk drives. The digital resources included 5,000 titles of eBooks, including 600 titles in ethnic minorities' languages, and 4,600 Chinese books; 212 titles of e-periodicals, and so on. Meanwhile, the NLC also presented disks labelled as ‘Delivering Books to Countryside’ to the libraries and corps. All these resources will enhance the digital library service abilities of prefecture-level city libraries in Xinjiang.

In addition, the NLC presented 50,000 Chinese eBooks to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Library. The NLC will strengthen cooperation on ancient books preservation, online cataloguing, reference services and document delivery with Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Library, and train personnel through operation training and an exchange scheme.

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one of 15 provinces which implement the Digital Library Promotion Project. By utilizing the achievements of National Digital Library of China, and the advantages of collected resources and professional librarians, the NLC will enrich the digital resources collections of public libraries at all levels in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, quicken digital libraries development in Xinjiang, and improve the information resources guarantee ability and service level in Xinjiang public library system.

Wei Dawei made a speech in the conference on behalf of the NLC introducing how to implement the Digital Library Promotion Project in Xinxiang. The Digital Library Promotion Project is an important cultural construction project implemented by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance during the 12th Five-year Plan period. The core of the project is to build an interlinked and intercommunication digital library system platform and distributed digital library resource repository, and to provide digital cultural services using all media. 2011-2012 is the fundamental construction period which will witness the completion of the hardware platform. In 2011 the project will be implemented in 15 provincial libraries and 52 city-level libraries; and in other provincial libraries and a further 131 city-level libraries in 2012. 2013-2015 is the overall promotion period, as well as: integrating the document resources of digital libraries at all levels nationwide, improving the service ability of digital libraries, and providing unified services for the public and library community of the whole country.

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