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Description - Understanding Digital Libraries by Michael Lesk

This fully revised and updated second edition of Understanding Digital Libraries focuses on the challenges faced by both librarians and computer scientists in a field that has been dramatically altered by the growth of the Web. At every turn, the goal is practical: to show you how things you might need to do are already being done, or how they can be done. The first part of the book is devoted to technology and examines issues such as varying media requirements, indexing and classification, networks and distribution, and presentation. The second part of the book is concerned with the human contexts in which digital libraries function. Here you'll find specific and useful information on usability, preservation, scientific applications, and thorny legal and economic questions. . Useful for digital library projects in all kinds of settings, including commercial and community ventures, museums, research institutions, and schools. . Covers the entire spectrum of media, including text, all kinds of images, audio, and video. . Provides practical advice on achieving the best of what is possible while avoiding common pitfalls. .Filled with case studies and references to valuable outside resources.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781558609242
ISBN-10: 1558609245
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 191mm x mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Lesk

Michael Lesk joined the computer science research group at Bell Laboratories after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics in 1969. He went on to manage the computer science research group at Bellcore, where he is now a chief research scientist. He is best known for his work in electronic libraries, but has worked in document production and retrieval software, computer networks, computer languages, and human-computer interfaces as well. Past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest groups on Language Analysis and Information Retrieval, Lesk was Senior Visiting Fellow of the British Library in 1987 and is currently Visiting Professor of Computer Science at University College London. Lesk has been recently elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his contributions to UNIX applications, information systems, and digital libraries.