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A Generic Alerting Service for Digital Libraries

Users of modern digital libraries (DLs) can keep themselves up-to-date by searching and browsing their favorite collections, or more conveniently by resorting to an alerting service. The alerting service notifies its clients about new or changed documents. Proprietary and mediating alerting services fail to fluidly integrate information from differing collections. This paper analyses the conceptual requirements of this much-sought after service for digital libraries. We demonstrate that the differing concepts of digital libraries and its underlying technical design has extensive influence (a) the expectations, needs and interests of users regarding an alerting service, and (b) on the technical possibilities of the implementation of the service. Our findings will show that the range of issues surrounding alerting services for digital libraries, their design and use is greater than one may anticipate. We also show that, conversely, the requirements for an alerting service have considerable impact on the concepts of DL design. Our findings should be of interest for librarians as well as system designers. We highlight and discuss the far-reaching implications for the design of, and interaction with, libraries. This paper discusses the lessons learned from building such a distributed alerting service. We present our prototype implementation as a proof-of-concept for an alerting service for open DL software.
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Buchanan, G., & Hinze, A. (2005). A Generic Alerting Service for Digital Libraries. In 5th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL ’05) (pp. 131–140). New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. (ACM). http://doi.org/10.1145/1065385.1065414
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This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries. © 2005 ACM.