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Tesi etd-05112010-095337

Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
Virtual digital libraries
Settore scientifico disciplinare
Corso di studi
tutor Prof. Alia, Giuseppe
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Riassunto analitico
Digital libraries represent the meeting places for knowledge providers and knowledge
consumers supporting and enhancing the process through which knowledge is
created, used, and discovered. The demand for digital libraries is worldwide strong.
These complex systems can offer a richer set of functionality than that initially
expected and are able to transform the way in which joint research is conducted,
thus responding to the requirements of a great number of research communities. In
fact, nowadays research is a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort conducted by
virtual research organisations whose components are spread worldwide. Despite this
large and innovative demand the current digital library development models remain
unchanged and so they are not able to match the emerging requirements. In this
dissertation we propose a novel approach based on virtual digital libraries, i. e. digital
libraries built by dynamically aggregating and appropriately presenting the pool
of shared resources needed to fulfil the requirements of digital library communities.
To support such an approach we introduced (i ) a reference model for understanding
significant relationships among the components of digital libraries and for developing
consistent services that support them and (ii ) a set of approaches and services able
to provide virtual views over the heterogeneous information space resulting from
reusing shared information sources. In particular, three approaches to information
space virtualization are presented that provide profitable usage of the shared resources:
information objects virtualization, collections virtualization, and distributed
semantic search.