Digital Libraries

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The Digital Libraries area is initially introduced with a report on initial approaches of designing library automation systems that can be considered “ancestors” of present days systems. After having presented the background to the area, the main concepts that underline present digital library systems are introduced together with a report on the efforts of defining the Digital Library Manifesto and the DELOS Digital Library Reference Model. Considerations on a possible way of improving present digital library systems to make them more user-centered are subsequently given. Finally, interoperability and evaluation issues are faced. The presentation ends with a concluding remark.