Topics to be covered:
- What is a digital library (DL)? how is a DL diffrent from a database?
from the World Wide Web (WWW)? from traditional Information Retrieval (IR)
- History of Scientific and Technical Information (STI) distribution.
Recent trends in readership, authoring, and economics.
- STI literature: grey & white.
- Traditional library vs. DL
- Vannevar Bush, "As We May Think", Atlantic Monthly, July 1945.
http://www.isg.sfu.ca/~duchier/misc/vbush/vbush-all.shtml (pretty HTML version)
In a very real sense, Dr. Bush invented the field of digital libraries and
all we are doing is implementing the vision he laid out 50+ years ago. No
serious discussion of DLs can begin without mention of this article.
- Esler & Nelson, Evolution of Scientific and Technical Information
Distribution," JASIS 49(1), 1998.
This article provides the background and motivation for the DL work that
is being done at NASA LaRC and ODU. Relevant to the immediate lecture is
the discussion of the current journal system, grey literature, non-report
STI (i.e., software, datasets, images, etc.).