International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 7, Issue 1–2, pp 109–112 | Cite as

Transitioning from the ecological fieldwork to an online repository: a digital library solution and evaluation

  • Evandrino G. BarrosEmail author
  • Alberto H. F. Laender
  • Marcos André Gonçalves
  • Ricardo G. Cota
  • Francisco A. R. Barbosa


This article presents a digital library solution for integrating data from a network of ecological sites using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and the Open Digital Library (ODL) framework extended with geographic components. This solution incorporates simple, yet effective, decentralized input interfaces for handling heterogeneous data from unstructured sources. In this article, we focus on the architectural aspects of this solution and on an experimental evaluation, conducted with real users, of the proposed data input interface in terms of usability and data quality.


Digital Library Data Provider Local Database Input Interface Ecological Site 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evandrino G. Barros
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alberto H. F. Laender
    • 1
  • Marcos André Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Ricardo G. Cota
    • 1
  • Francisco A. R. Barbosa
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Universitário UNIBHBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Department of BiologyFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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