International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 41–56 | Cite as

A data model for digital libraries

  • Carlo MeghiniEmail author
  • Nicolas Spyratos
  • Jitao Yang


We present a data model for digital libraries supporting identification, description, and discovery of digital objects. The model is formalized as a first-order theory, certain models of which correspond to the intuitive and practical notion of digital library. We use the model as a yardstick to assess the adequacy of the World Wide Web as a digital library and show why, in its present form, the Web is far from fulfilling this objective, while the Semantic Web does better in that respect.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto della Scienza e delle Tecnologie della InformazioneConsiglio Nazionale delle RicerchePisaItaly
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Recherche en InformatiqueUniversité Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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