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ISBN-10 0080890393ISBN-13 9780080890395
ISBN-10 0-12-374857-7ISBN-13 978-0-12-374857-7
Author(s): Ian H. Witten; David Bainbridge; David M. Nichols
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 656

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, regardless of the size or purpose. It is the perfectly self-contained resource for individuals, agencies, and institutions wishing to put this powerful tool to work in their burgeoning information treasuries.The Second Edition of reflect new developments in the field as well as in the Greenstone Digital Library open source software. The authors have based their revisions not only on their own research but also on user feedback over the years since publication. The revision plan includes reorganizing certain chapters and subsections in order to create a clean line of separation between the text portion of the book and the software tools portion of the book. In the text portion (Part I) the authors plan to add an entire new chapter on user groups, user support, collaborative browsing, user contributions, etc. There will also be new material on content-based queries, map-based queries, cross-media queries, etc., and there will be an increased emphasis placed on multimedia by adding a ?digitizing? section to each major media type (i.e., a new section on Flash and SMIL will be added). To enhance the book's international appeal, a new chapter has been added on ?Internationalization: The Global Challenge? 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. This software is downloaded over 4500 times per month, the interface has been translated into over 50 languages and the user base hails from over 70 countries ( As with the First Edition, an web site, implemented as a digital library, will accompany the book and provide access to color versions of all figures, two online appendices , a full-text sentence-level index, and an automatically generated glossary of acronyms and their definitions. In addition, demonstration digital library collections will be included to demonstrate particular points in the book. * 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 in all settings. * 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 and covers the entire spectrum of media, including text, images, audio and video.* Web-enhanced with software documentation, color illustrations, full-text index, source code, and more.