Understanding Digital Libraries

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Elsevier, Jan 20, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 456 pages
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This fully revised and updated second edition of Understanding Digital Libraries focuses on the challenges faced by both librarians and computer scientists in a field that has been dramatically altered by the growth of the Web.

At every turn, the goal is practical: to show you how things you might need to do are already being done, or how they can be done. The first part of the book is devoted to technology and examines issues such as varying media requirements, indexing and classification, networks and distribution, and presentation. The second part of the book is concerned with the human contexts in which digital libraries function. Here you’ll find specific and useful information on usability, preservation, scientific applications, and thorny legal and economic questions.

- Thoroughly updated and expanded from original edition to include recent research, case studies and new technologies
- For librarians and technologists alike, this book provides a thorough introduction to the interdisciplinary science of digital libraries
- Written by Michael Lesk, a legend in computer science and a leading figure in the digital library field.
- Provides insights into the integration of both the technical and non-technical aspects of digital libraries

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Interesting book about the history, present, and future of digital libraries, but I probably wouldn't be reading it from cover to cover if it wasn't assigned material. Read full review

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In Understanding Digital Libraries, Michael Lesk explains a new method of distribution and preservation in a dry, informative, even-handed and almost academic fashion. His book, while unlikely to ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Evolution of Libraries
Chapter 2 Text Documents
Chapter 3 Images of Pages
Chapter 4 Multimedia Storage and Retrieval
Chapter 5 Knowledge Representation Schemes
Chapter 6 Distribution
Chapter 7 Usability and Retrieval Evaluation
Chapter 8 User Needs
Chapter 10 Economics
Chapter 11 Intellectual Property Rights
Chapter 12 A World Tour of Digital Libraries
Chapter 13 Scope of Digital Libraries
Ubiquity Diversity Creativity and Public Policy

Chapter 9 Collections And Preservations

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Michael Lesk joined the computer science research group at Bell Laboratories after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics in 1969. He went on to manage the computer science research group at Bellcore, where he is now a chief research scientist. He is best known for his work in electronic libraries, but has worked in document production and retrieval software, computer networks, computer languages, and human-computer interfaces as well. Past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest groups on Language Analysis and Information Retrieval, Lesk was Senior Visiting Fellow of the British Library in 1987 and is currently Visiting Professor of Computer Science at University College London. Lesk has been recently elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his contributions to UNIX applications, information systems, and digital libraries.

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