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The Alexandria Digital Library architecture

  • J. Frew
  • M. Freeston
  • N. Freitas
  • L. Hill
  • G. Janée
  • K. Lovette
  • R. Nideffer
  • T. Smith
  • Q. Zheng
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Abstract.

Since 1994, the Alexandria Digital Library Project has developed three prototype digital libraries for georeferenced information. This paper describes the most recent of these efforts, a three-tier client-server architecture that relies heavily on a middleware layer to present a single uniform set of interfaces to multiple heterogeneous servers. These standard interfaces, all of which are implemented in HTTP, support session management, collection discovery and evaluation, metadata searching, metadata retrieval, and online holding retrieval. An XML-based metadata encoding scheme and a simple Boolean query language have also been developed. The architecture described by these interfaces has been implemented at UCSB.

Key words: Digital library – Geospatial data – Interface specification – Metadata – Three-tier architecture 

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© Springer-Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Frew
    • 1
  • M. Freeston
    • 2
  • N. Freitas
    • 3
  • L. Hill
    • 3
  • G. Janée
    • 3
  • K. Lovette
    • 3
  • R. Nideffer
    • 4
  • T. Smith
    • 5
  • Q. Zheng
    • 3
  1. 1.Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; E-mail: frew@bren.ucsb.eduUS
  2. 2.Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UKGB
  3. 3.Alexandria Digital Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USAUS
  4. 4.Department of Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, CA, USAUS
  5. 5.Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USAUS

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