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.
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 background, motivation and observations based on
the history of Internet based DL projects. It introduces many of the issues
that will be explored through out the class. Relevant to the immediate
lecture is the discussion of the current journal system, grey
literature, non-report STI (i.e., software, datasets, images, etc.).
- Chapters 1 & 9, Lesk, PDL:BBB
Chapter 1 gives an introduction to digital libraries, traditional
libraries, and some of the technologies and economic forces shaping both.
Chapter 9 focuses on the economic of information and the library & publishing