How to Build a Digital Library by Ian H. Witten

How to Build a Digital Library

byIan H. Witten, David Bainbridge, David M. Nichols

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How to Build a Digital Libraryreviews knowledge and tools to construct and maintain a digital library, regardless of the size or purpose. A resource for individuals, agencies, and institutions wishing to put this powerful tool to work in their burgeoning information treasuries.

The Second Edition reflects developments in the field as well as in the Greenstone Digital Library open source software. In Part I, the authors have added an entire new chapter on user groups, user support, collaborative browsing, user contributions, and so on. There is also new material on content-based queries, map-based queries, cross-media queries. There is an increased emphasis placed on multimedia by adding a "digitizing" section to each major media type. A new chapter has also been added on "internationalization," which will address Unicode standards, multi-language interfaces and collections, and issues with non-European languages (Chinese, Hindi, etc.).

Part II, the software tools section, has been completely rewritten to reflect the new developments in Greenstone Digital Library Software, an internationally popular open source software tool with a comprehensive graphical facility for creating and maintaining digital libraries.



  • Outlines the history of libraries on both traditional and digital
  • Written for both technical and non-technical audiences and covers the entire spectrum of media, including text, images, audio, video, and related XML standards
  • Web-enhanced with software documentation, color illustrations, full-text index, source code, and more

About The Author

Ian H. Witten is a professor of computer science at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He directs the New Zealand Digital Library research project. His research interests include information retrieval, machine learning, text compression, and programming by demonstration. He received an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University...
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Title:How to Build a Digital LibraryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 8.75 × 6.34 × 0.68 inPublished:October 7, 2009Publisher:Morgan KaufmannLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123748577

ISBN - 13:9780123748577

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Table of Contents

Part I Building a Digital Library

Chapter 1 Orientation: The world of digital libraries

Chapter 2 People in digital libraries

Chapter 3 Presentation: User interfaces

Chapter 4 Textual documents: The raw material

Chapter 5 Multimedia: More raw material

Chapter 6 Metadata: Elements of organization

Chapter 7 Interoperability: Protocols and services

Chapter 8 Internationalization: the global challenge

Chapter 9 Visions: Future, past, and present

PART II GREENSTONE DIGITAL LIBRARY SOFTWARE

Chapter 10 Building collections

Chapter 11 Operating and interoperating

Chapter 12 Design patterns for advanced user interfaces

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"This book provides broad coverage of related work in the field. That is handy, since there is a large international community working on DLs."-- Edward A. Fox, Director, Digital Library Research Laboratory, Blacksburg, VA