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WebGIS-RBDL – A Rare Book Digital Library Supporting Spatio-Temporary Retrieval

  • Ming Zhang
  • Dongqing Yang
  • Zhihong Deng
  • Sai Wu
  • Feng Li
  • Shiwei Tang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3334)

Abstract

In order to help researchers of humanities study the cultural ancient resources from temporal and geographical perspectives, we build WebGIS-RBDL at Peking University. In WebGIS-RBDL, metadata records and historical map layers are linked together, and therefore users can get more spatio-temporal information about rare books through folded map layers, including historical maps, modern maps and landform images. In this paper, the architecture of WebGIS-RBDL is introduced. Then, the principles, rules and methods for metadata extracting and correlating in WebGIS-RBDL are discussed. Furthermore, efficient tools to extract spatio-temporal information automatically from rare-book metadata are developed. The WebGIS-RBDL can be extended to include other ancient collections easily. Our efforts show that using GIS in digital libraries is a new and promising method to build more effective user-friendly interfaces in digital libraries.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Digital Library Metadata Record Rare Book Metadata Extraction 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Zhang
    • 1
  • Dongqing Yang
    • 1
  • Zhihong Deng
    • 1
  • Sai Wu
    • 1
  • Feng Li
    • 2
  • Shiwei Tang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electronics Engineering and Computer SciencePeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Earthquake Infrastructure ServiceChina Seismological BureauBeijingChina

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