13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

Paper details

Trends and Updates in Using Information I.

Session coordinator: Jiří Kadleček, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic

Where: 28. 5. 2008, 14.00 - 17.00, New Auditorium

Challenges of the Information Resources Marketplace

Autor: Vladimír Karen, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic



The market with professional information resources underwent dramatic changes, side-effects of those can be felt still today. The unprecedented advances in IT affected nearly all industries, nevertheless their impact has been scarcely of the same impact like in the professional publishing industry. The journey from traditional scholarly book and journal publishing to a fully electronic process starting from editing all the way to online access to the final product lasted not more than 20 years. The customers of information products and services are experiencing similar fundamental changes and the information producers need to adapt to those changes, too. The paper will provide basic overview of the information marketplace challenges as well as it will illustrate these changes by new generation of products and services. In the second part of the speech the author will concentrate on the situation of the (academic) libraries in the Czech Republic and its comparison to the U.S. and West-European libraries.

About author:

Vladimír Karen (born in 1963) graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1988. Then he joined the first Compact Disc manufacturer Gramofonove zavody in Lodenice near Prague, where he was initially co-responsible for starting up the premastering studio and then for the introduction of CD-ROM production and publishing the first Czech demo CD-ROM.

Vladimir Karen became a co-founder of a private company ICOME s.r.o . in 1991, which was a pioneering company in the CD-ROM business in the former Czechoslovakia. The company later transformed into Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., where he is now the Managing Director.

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Author: Mohamad Al-Baghdadi, ebrary, USA

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Author: Martina Näkel, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG / K.G. Saur Verlag, Germany

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Author: Aaron Maierhofer, RefWorks, United Kingdom

Springer E-Books, an Overview: Business Models, Product, and Lessons Learned

Author: Focko Robbert van Berckelaer, Springer, Germany