025.0 Searching and use of digital libraries

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025.0 Beyond Information Retrieval: Ways to Provide Content in Context Article focusing on aspects of information retrieval including automatic extraction of key concepts or names, collaborative filtering, visualisation techniques, and classification and clustering. Topics are discussed in relation to information retrieval history and the development of the Web.

025.0 Bits and Bytes and Still a Lot of Paper: Astronomy Libraries and Librarians in the Age of Electronic Publishing Article documenting the benefits and drawbacks of digital libraries. Electronic publications and their impact on libraries are discussed, along with the role of librarians in an electronic environment is evaluated.

025.0 Cross-Searching Subject Gateways: The Query Routing and Forward Knowledge Approach Collection of Welsh language resources catering for learners of all abilities. Information includes a bibliography, software packages, magazines, grammar guides, and spelling and vocabulary checkers.

025.0 Internet Pilot to Terminology Links to databases of terms covering science and technology, leisure and entertainment, law, administration, and commerce. Each glossary comprises terms of value for information retrieval in a particular subject field.

025.0 Middleware for Digital Libraries Article discussing the use of intermediate software (middleware) to support distributed applications, using the provision of digital library services by universities as an example of a domain that poses many of the problems typical to this area.

025.0 Modeling Users’ Successive Searches in Digital Environments A National Science Foundation and British Library funded study into the nature, manifestations, and behaviour of successive searching by users in digital environments, and an attempt to derive criteria for use in the design of information retrieval interfaces and systems supporting successive searching behaviour.

025.0 New Search Tools for Multidisciplinary Digital Libraries Article which reviews the development of search tools that deliver multidisciplinary results, but also preserve the metadata and finding aids of discrete databases, with specific reference to four systems: KnowledgeCite Library, Database Advisor, Pharos, and Northern Light.

025.0 SDL: Search-engine for Digital Libraries The SDL attempts to provide an OAI-PMH Harvester service in the field of Library and Information Science. It not only covers various LIS digital libraries, but also open access LIS Journals.

025.04 Searching for Parts and Services on the Web Document discussing the difficulties in Web based information retrieval due to the diversity and largely textual nature of Internet resources. A retrieval method employing statistical correlation analysis techniques is introduced, and its ability to locate parts and services on the Web is evaluated.

025.0 Selecting Libraries, Selecting Documents, Selecting Data Paper examining the selection of information within a digital library environment at three levels: selecting which library (repository) to look in, selecting which document(s) within a library to look at, and selecting fragments of data (text, numeric data, images) from within a document. Similarities and differences between these three levels are discussed.

025.0 Serving the Remote User: Reference Service in the Digital Environment Article which aims to provide a perspective on the information seeker in the digital environment as one whose need for a personalised, human-delivered reference service is greater than ever. It suggests new organisational structures that give the reference librarian greater visibility and value.

025.0 Social Functions of Digital Libraries: Designing Information Resources for Virtual Communities Conference paper (January 1999) which explores the nature of digital libraries as social institutions, and suggests an agenda for action for librarians and information science. It asserts that the future of libraries will be determined more by intellectual property policy than by technology, as it is not information per se that is valuable, but the modes of access and use of information by individuals and groups that create value; and these in turn are controlled by intellectual property policy.

025.0 Using Digital Libraries as a Community Hall for Worldwide Information Spiral Development Paper describing the concept of a digital library from the user’s perspective, based on information flow and organisation. An explanation is given using a three-layer model of information distribution, focusing on the information provider, information broker and information user.

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