FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler,

November 15, 2010 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on November 15, 2010 -- and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Wall-

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available -- hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe -- as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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--oOo--, & "LeLabo" @ LeBnf digital library


Amid all the economic crashes and political shenanigans and other dodgy news, recently, France soldiers on -- that's one thing I like, about the place and its people, they're long-lived... adept at surviving and enjoying it, as I too very much hope to be...

So the French, for example:

* Online now, !

Nous autres are not used to the energy with which the French promote France, certainly not officially. The current site does a pretty good job, as does altho that is more for bureaucracy-assistance than it is for selling-the-image. So, imagine a or a Most government tourist authorities and commercial offices are hard-working but under-funded, these days, at-war perpetually with competing arms of their various bureaucracies, and poorly-supported by the folks back 'ome -- not so, however, the French -- see,

-- the links lead to,

-- significant main-heading omissions include "manger", "boire", and the many other activities and interests for which the place and its people are famous, but they must be in there somewhere...

-- and yes the site is available in English --

-- also in German, Spanish, and Italian.

Sumptuously-illustrated, like everything the French produce...

The site is a very useful, and new, one-stop entry-point / gateway for anyone with any interest in or now learning about France, and the French, and things-French: worth-a-journey, and now via a resource-rich website just a mouse-click away.


Among which "resources" is included the following :

* Online now via : the BnF, and "On l'appelle << Le Labo >>"

[tr. JK]

"The 'Labo': the library of the future"

"The Bibliothe`que nationale de France (BNF) has opened, to the public, a reading room of the future, the only one in Europe equipped with all the latest technologies for information access and knowledge.

"It is called << le Labo >>: a 120 square meter space, nearly 1300 square feet, in the East Hall of the Bibliothe`que Franc,ois-Mitterrand in Paris, next to the reading room.

"The reader, the researcher, or even the simple visitor is met there by a giant touch-screen, offering access to thousands of entries in the digital collections of the BNF.

"These entries are relayed via e-readers and << papier e'lectronique >>, on small screens equipped with a stylus. All the information systems are inter-connected, with Twitter among other sites.

"By providing this place for experiments, the Bibliothe`que Nationale enables users to try out the new media of reading, of writing, and of the distribution of knowledge, which are coming in the future.

"This way the library stays up to date on the new technologies -- 'disruptive' technologies, capable very soon of replacing the book or even the simple computer.

"Workshops and conferences also offer occasions for discussion, of the evolution of the new media, and for expressing the ideas of the BnF on these disruptive technologies.

"A little prototype robot named 'Kompaļ' ('companion', in Basque), originally designed to help the aged and the handicapped, also helps visitors by translating data, presenting online catalogs, and guiding them in their reading.

"If you are not yet decided, about visiting this 'espace du futur', the 'Labo' also may be seen on the BnF website, in a virtual reality presentation."

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[* The original note, translated above, on --]

Bonne route,


Jack Kessler,

p.s. And apologies en arrie`re for my reversion, here, to what I thought was my by-now-very-archaic personal "videotex" method of rendering French accents -- comme c,a -- to which I resorted back in the days of IBM ASCII versus Microsoft ASCII etc. Protocol Wars, 1992-1994. But a fried video card and major crash, plus a nice new replacement system, are convincing me that said Wars have flared up again -- I'll document in a future posting.







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