Digital library design and D Guide - Resources and Review

Conference paper (January 1999) which explores the nature of digital libraries as social institutions, and suggests an agenda for action for librarians and information science. It asserts that the future of libraries will be determined more by intellectual property policy than by technology, as it is not information per se that is valuable, but the modes of access and use of information by individuals and groups that create value; and these in turn are controlled by intellectual property policy.
Article covering various aspects of digital libraries including definition and theory, characteristics, funding, authority, censorship and libraries as publishers. The implications of digital libraries for culture, learning, democracy, commerce, jobs and society are discussed.
Article outlining a proposed model for the development of digital library research. Covers a number of themes such as accessibility, user support, requirements and behaviour, structural issues, navigation and search tools, metadata, information retrieval, interface design, functionality, security, and sustainability.
Paper discussing suitable text formats for searching, browsing, and presenting scholarly documents as a digital library service. Printed document sources and electronic text are considered.
Conference paper (1997) discussing the technical features required for the development of a digital library. These include appropriate system architecture, individual technologies such as search and retrieval technology, and an integration technology.
Project to develop and implement prototype hybrid libraries in each of the three major partner institutions and in so doing derive institutional models, which will be tested first in a number of test
bed institutions before being distributed throughout the community. The project will focus on the Humanities disciplines and seeks to provide innovative and cost-effective ways to meet the ever-increasing information requirements of staff and students through cooperative resource sharing.
Article outlining a number of eLib projects which are investigating ways in which the concept of the hybrid library can be implemented. It discusses each of these projects in turn, and looks at the key technological and managerial issues emerging from these projects.
Draws attention to the multilingual issues involved in designing digital libraries accessible on the Internet. Many of the multi
lingual design issues parallel those of multimedia digital libraries. Provides examples from multimedia digital libraries to illustrate some of the urgent design challenges in creating a globally distributed network serving people who speak many languages other than English.
The MODELS project involves the examination of metadata and the collections they describe. Metadata and collections currently reside in multiple disjointed print and digital resource spaces. MODELS seeks to explain and analyse some of the issues involved in reducing this disjointedness and moving towards more unified access to information systems and resources.
Full text magazine with stories, commentary, briefings and a collection of resources for digital library research.
Online journal which publishes papers on the management, presentation and uses of information in digital environments. Themes include digital information design, digital libraries, hypermedia systems, information management, intelligent agents, interfaces to digital information, and social consequences. Access to peer
reviewed papers is free but requires registration.
Project to develop a working model of the hybrid library within both a teaching and research context, seamlessly integrating access to a wide range of printed and electronic information sources, local and remote, using a Web
based interface. The model will focus on a series of six inter-related modules (user registration and induction; ordering and delivery of materials; metadata index for printed and electronic sources; teaching and learning; publication and digitisation and access gateways) which will be developed for and applied across six subject areas: history and archaeology, business, education, physics, sports science and medicine.
Article discussing some of the issues that must be addressed in order to implement a multilingual interface for a digital library system, describing the approach undertaken at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Pisa, Italy.
Articles addressing issues involved in developing digital content and distributing it on the Web. Covers planning and implementation, resources, current research, existing digital library systems, and future developments.
Report from July 2000 urging the library to define policies for the collection of Web resources created in the US, so as to uphold its mission, and to form a high
level planning group to develop digital preservation strategies. Chapter titles include Preserving a Digital Heritage, The Library of Congress and the World Beyond Its Walls, and Information Technology Infrastructure.
An introduction and summary of the state of the art for those who have not been intimately involved in the evolution of digital libraries. It identifies the main issues in the field and points users to likely sources for exploring and keeping informed on those issues.
Report of a collaborative project (1991
1995) designed to prepare participants for the transition phase towards digital libraries. Describes technical aspects of the project, user behaviour encountered, conclusions drawn by participants at the end of the project, and recommendations of value to others contemplating a digital library project.
Discussion of technical approaches to cross
language information retrieval looking at user needs and highlighting some worldwide initiatives.
Aims to define development of the end
user library environment, going beyond resource discovery to resource access, establish a working model for consistent access for library materials regardless of physical form and implement the model in a real-life environment.
Paper describing a digital library system at Kyoto University, whose construction began in April 1997. Covers the key concepts of the system, content, and advanced aspects such as translation and search facilities.
A summary of various lessons learned about digitisation projects, extracted, summarised, and paraphrased from reports submitted by award winners. Topics include formats and specifications for digital reproduction, production workflow, project management, and intellectual access.
The Java programming language has some special implications for library technologies including, but not limited to, software distribution, off
line searching and data manipulation, maintenance reduction, sophisticated database interaction, and user interface design. This article briefly introduces Java and discusses how it might be used in library applications.
Concerned with the integrated delivery of print and electronic (hybrid) services likely to be required by higher education libraries in the foreseeable future. Addresses the integration of the delivery of large
scale, print and electronic services behind an electronic interface. The focus is on users and organisational, social and educational issues rather than technology.
Aims to provide an open, standards based platform for distributed, mixed
media information management as well as a framework for end-user-oriented services and an infrastructure which can be scaled up to provide the backbone for national access to distributed collections. The outcome of the project work will be a layer of software or 'middleware' which hides the underlying differences between resources allowing for both seamless access as well as the transparent addition of new services and resources.
Report setting out recommendations on implementation, funding, content creation and training requirements for the New Library: The People's Network.
Article discussing the use of intermediate software (middleware) to support distributed applications, using the provision of digital library services by universities as an example of a domain that poses many of the problems typical to this area.
A meta
search engine offering a relational search interface. Displays search results in a graphical and networked format. Nodes are linked to each other by common terms which can be added or removed to refine searches graphically. Links between nodes are colour coded allowing users to identify how terms relate to different resources. Nodes are also displayed by size, according to their relevance to the search term.
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