Wednesday, July 30, Thursday July 31 & Friday, August 1, 1997
The Library of Congress
The Mumford Room
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
The conference was the fifth biennial program examining the practices and politics of access to Japanese scientific, technical, and business information. Previous Conferences have been held in Warwick, England; Berlin, Germany; Nancy, France; and Newcastle, England. This year, in Washington, DC, the conference theme expanded to include access to industry and technology information in the Asia-Pacific region and how information technologies, especially the Internet, affect access issues.
Presentations featured leading Japanese, European, and American information specialists, policymakers, scholars, technology managers, translators, industry analysts, and business executives with expertise on Japan's science, technology, industry, and information policies. Information sources, information technologies, techniques for information access, government policies, and comparative information cultures were discussed. The roles played by information specialists, the business community, politicians, bureaucrats, and consumers in developing information technologies and public policies were also examined.
The conference proceedings provided complete papers, speaker biographies and contact information, annotated bibliographies, and a directory of exhibitors and attendees. The conference proceedings were available at the conference to all attendees.
The Japan Documentation Center (JDC) of The Library of Congress is a national resource assisting American policymakers and researchers in accessing Japanese information. Established in 1992, in cooperation with Japan, the JDC has assisted researchers from around the world to access Japanese public policy documents. Its annual conferences on timely policy and information issues have attracted international recognition.
The Asia-Pacific Technology Program is part of the Office of Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since 1987, this office has been in the forefront of helping American companies and researchers leverage Japanese science and echnology through technical assessments and studies, conferences, advice, and policy formulation. It is the focal point in the U.S. Government for Japanese scientific and technical information and expertise on Japanese science and technology policy issues as they affect commerce.
Fujitsu Software Corporation
National Center for Science Information Systems (NACSIS)
Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
International Science & Technology Associates, Inc. (ISTA)
MIT Japan Program
Elsevier Science Inc.