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Digital Libraries: Implementing Strategies and Sharing Experiences

Volume 3815 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 11-22

From Heterogeneous Information Spaces to Virtual Documents

  • Leonardo CandelaAffiliated withIstituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “Alessandro Faedo” – CNR
  • , Donatella CastelliAffiliated withIstituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “Alessandro Faedo” – CNR
  • , Pasquale PaganoAffiliated withIstituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “Alessandro Faedo” – CNR
  • , Manuele SimiAffiliated withIstituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione “Alessandro Faedo” – CNR

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Abstract

This paper introduces DoMDL, a powerful and flexible document model capable to represent multi-edition, structured, multimedia documents that can be disseminated in multiple manifestation formats. This model also allows any document to be associated with multiple metadata descriptions in different formats and to include semantic relationships with other documents and parts of them. The paper discusses also how the OpenDLib Digital Library Management System exploits this model to abstract from the specific organization and structure of the documents that are imported from different heterogeneous information sources in order to provide virtual documents that fulfill the needs of the different DL user communities.