Customizing digital library interfaces with Greenstone
Witten, I.H. (2003) Customizing digital library interfaces with Greenstone. IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries Bulletin, 1(1), retrieved November 17, 2008 from http://www.ieee-tcdl.org/Bulletin/v1n1/witten/witten.html
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Digital libraries are organized, focused collections of information. They are focused on a particular topic or theme—and good digital libraries will articulate the principles governing what is included. They are organized to make information accessible in particular, well-defined, ways—and good ones will include a description of how the information is organized (Lesk, 1997). The Greenstone digital library software is intended to help users construct simple collections of information very quickly. Indeed, only a few minutes of the user's time are needed to set up a collection based on a standard design and initiate the building process. Collections may be large—some comprise Gbytes of text; millions of documents. Furthermore, even larger volumes of information may be associated with a collection—typically audio, image, and video, with textual metadata. Once initiated, the mechanical process of building the collection may take from a few moments for a tiny collection to several hours for a multi-Gbyte one—perhaps even a day if it involves many different full-text indexes.
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This is an author’s version of an article published in IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries Bulletin.