Representing Aggregate Works in the Digital Library

  • George Buchanan
  • Jeremy Gow
  • Ann Blandford
  • Jon Rimmer
  • Claire Warwick
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4172)

Abstract

This paper studies the challenge of representing aggregate works such as encyclopaedia, collected poems and journals in digital libraries. Reflecting on materials used by humanities academics, it demonstrates the complex range of aggregate types and the problems of representing this heterogeneity in the digital library interface. We demonstrate that aggregates are complex and pervasive, challenge many common assumptions and confuse the boundaries between organisational levels within the library. The challenge is amplified by concrete examples.

Keywords

Digital Libraries Architecture Collection Building 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Buchanan
    • 1
  • Jeremy Gow
    • 2
  • Ann Blandford
    • 2
  • Jon Rimmer
    • 3
  • Claire Warwick
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WalesSwansea
  2. 2.UCL Interaction CentreLondon
  3. 3.UCL SLAISLondon

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