Building Digital Libraries Made Easy: Toward Open Digital Libraries

dc.contributorVirginia Tech. Department of Computer Science. Digital Library Research Laboratoryen
dc.contributor.authorFox, Edward A.en
dc.contributor.authorSuleman, Husseinen
dc.contributor.authorLuo, Mingen
dc.contributor.departmentDigital Library Research Laboratoryen
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Scienceen
dc.description.abstractDigital libraries (DLs) promote a sharing culture among those who contribute and those who use resources. This same approach works when building Open Digital Libraries (ODLs). Leveraging the intellectual and practical investment made in the Open Archives Initiative through an eXtended Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (XPMH), one can build lightweight protocols to tie together key components that together make up the core of a DL. DL developers in various settings have learned how to apply this framework in a few hours. The ODL approach has been effective with the Computer Science Teaching Center (, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (, and Hence, to support our Computing and Information Technology Interactive Digital Educational Library ( and to provide a generic capability for other parts of the US National Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education Digital Library (, we are developing a "DL-in-a-box" toolkit. When lightweight protocols, pools of components, and open standard reference mod-els are combined carefully, as suggested in the OCKHAM discussions, both the DL user and developer communities can benefit from the principle of sharing.en
dc.format.extent12 pagesen
dc.identifier.citationEdward A. Fox, Hussein Suleman and Ming Luo. Building Digital Libraries Made Easy: Towards Open Digital Libraries. Fall 2002en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectDigital librariesen
dc.subjectMetadata harvestingen
dc.subjectComputer scienceen
dc.titleBuilding Digital Libraries Made Easy: Toward Open Digital Librariesen


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