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Representing Aggregate Works in the Digital Library

Buchanan, G; Gow, J; Blandford, A; Rimmer, J; Warwick, C; (2007) Representing Aggregate Works in the Digital Library. In: Larson, R and Rasmussen, E and Sugimoto, S and Toms, E, (eds.) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 7TH ACM/IEE JOINT CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL LIBRARIES. (pp. 247 - 256). ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY Green open access


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This paper studies the challenge of representing aggregate works such as encyclopedias, collected poems and journals in heterogenous digital library collections. Reflecting on the materials used by humanities academics, we demonstrate the varied range of aggregate types and the problems of faithfully representing this in the DL interface. Aggregates are complex and pervasive, challenge common assumptions and confuse boundaries within organisational structures. Existing DL systems can only provide imperfect representation of aggregates, and alterations to document encoding are insufficient to create a faithful reproduction of the physical library. The challenge is amplified through concrete examples, and solutions are demonstrated in a well-known DL system and related to standard DL architecture.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Representing Aggregate Works in the Digital Library
Event: 7th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Location: Vancouver, CANADA
Dates: 2007-06-18 - 2007-06-23
ISBN-13: 978-1-59593-644-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: Digital Libraries, Architecture, Aggregate documents
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15625
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