This paper describes the design and development of an Electronic Library for Computer Science technical report literature currently under development at the University of California at Berkeley. The planned library is the result of a collaborative research project involving UC Berkeley, Stanford, Cornell, MIT, and Carnegie-Mellon University sponsored by CNRI (Corporation for National Research Initiatives) and ARPA. This project has the initial goal of putting the full text and scanned page images of all Computer Science technical reports for each participant into locally mounted network-based servers with a common retrieval protocol. This paper concentrates on the contributions and development efforts at UC Berkeley in this effort to develop an electronic library and does not necessarily reflect the views of CNRI or the other participants. Two areas of the design and development for the Computer Science Technical Report (CSTR) electronic library will be discussed. The first is the conceptual model of the electronic library that is driving the development efforts, and how that conception is being turned into a working electronic library. The second area is a discussion of the longer term basic research issues that will need to be addressed as electronic libraries proliferate in a global network environment. The Berkeley group working on the CSTR project includes faculty and graduate students in the School of Library and Information Studies and the Computer Science Department.
The following sections of this paper will the describe the view of electronic libraries that has been driving the work at Berkeley on the CSTR project and how that view translates into an architecture for future electronic libraries. This will be followed by a brief discussion of the current and planned architecture of the Berkeley server. The indexing and retrieval methods and the database management system technology underlying the Berkeley server will be examined. Finally, the paper will describe some of the research issues in the design and development of electronic libraries and future research agenda of the CSTR project and other electronic library projects at Berkeley.