Solving Language Problems in a Multilingual Digital Library Federation

  • Nieves R. Brisaboa
  • José R. Paramá
  • Miguel R. Penabad
  • Ángeles S. Places
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2510)


This work presents an architecture to federate pre-existing Digital Libraries with documents written in different languages. A user will be able to ask queries to all the federated Digital Libraries using a unique and friendly user interface that will be generated in the language she chooses among the available ones. The query will be executed over all the relevant databases in the system no matter which language their documents are written in. The query will be automatically translated if it is necessary. This architecture is based on ontologies, which are used not only to represent the global schema but also to guide the execution of software modules in the system; it also includes three dictionaries to solve the inter-language barriers.


Digital Library Federation Cross-language search Federated Search Ontologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nieves R. Brisaboa
    • 1
  • José R. Paramá
    • 1
  • Miguel R. Penabad
    • 1
  • Ángeles S. Places
    • 1
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de ComputaciónUniversidade da CoruñaFrance

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