How to Build a Digital Library (Google eBook)

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Morgan Kaufmann, Jul 16, 2002 - Computers - 518 pages
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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


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Sorting out the ingredients
User interfaces
The raw material
Elements of organization
Building collections with Greenstone
How Greenstone works
Standards and protocols
Future past and present
Installing and operating Greenstone
About the authors

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Page 12 - President John Adams created a reference library for Congress when the seat of government was moved to the new capital city of Washington in 1800. He began by providing $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress—and for putting up a suitable apartment for
Page 23 - Effective human development blossoms from empowerment rather than gifting. As the Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach him to fish and he will eat for the rest of his days." Disseminating information originating in the developed world is
Page 15 - years ago, science fiction writer HG Wells was promoting the concept of a "world brain" based on a permanent world encyclopedia which "would be the mental background of every intelligent [person] in the world. It would be alive and growing and changing continually under revision, extension and replacement from the original thinkers in the world everywhere,
Page 16 - stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility

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David Bainbridge is University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Catharine's College.