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How to Build a Digital Library / Edition 1

How to Build a Digital Library / Edition 1

by Ian H. Witten, David Bainbridge


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Given modern society's need to control its ever-increasing body of information, digital libraries will be among the most important and influential institutions of this century. With their versatility, accessibility, and economy, these focused collections of everything digital are fast becoming the "banks" in which the world's wealth of information is stored.

How to Build a Digital Library is the only book that offers all the knowledge and tools needed to construct and maintain a digital library-no matter how large or small. Two internationally recognized experts provide a fully developed, step-by-step method, as well as the software that makes it all possible. How to Build a Digital Library is the perfectly self-contained resource for individuals, agencies, and institutions wishing to put this powerful tool to work in their burgeoning information treasuries.


  • Sketches the history of libraries-both traditional and digital-and their impact on present practices and future directions
  • Offers in-depth coverage of today's practical standards used to represent and store information digitally
  • Uses Greenstone, freely accessible open-source software-available with interfaces in the world's major languages (including Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic)
  • Written for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Web-enhanced with software documentation, color illustrations, full-text index, source code, and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558607903
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia Information and Systems Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 518
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.99(d)

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, England; an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada; and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Essex University, England. He is a fellow of the ACM and of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has published widely on digital libraries, machine learning, text compression, hypertext, speech synthesis and signal processing, and computer typography. He has written several books, the latest being Managing Gigabytes (1999) and Data Mining (2000), both from Morgan Kaufmann.

David Bainbridge is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He holds a PhD in Optical Music Recognition from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand where he studied as a Commonwealth Scholar. Since moving to Waikato in 1996 he has continued to broadened his interest in digital media, while retaining a particular emphasis on music. An active member of the New Zealand Digital Library project, he manages the group's digital music library, Meldex, and has collaborated with several United Nations Agencies, the BBC and various public libraries. David has also worked as a research engineer for Thorn EMI in the area of photo-realistic imaging and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 as the class medalist in Computer Science.

Is a senior lecturer, specializes in the areas of human-computer interaction, open source software and digital library education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Orientation: The world of digital libraries
Chapter 2 Preliminaries: Sorting out the ingredients
Chapter 3 Presentation: User interfaces
Chapter 4 Documents: The raw material
Chapter 5 Markup and metadata: Elements of organization
Chapter 6 Construction: Building collections
Chapter 7 Delivery: How Greenstone works
Chapter 8 Interoperability: Standards and protocols
Chapter 9 Visions: Future, past, and present
Glossary of terms
Appendix A Installing and operating Greenstone
Appendix B Greenstone source code

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