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A Digital Library Component Assembly Environment

Eyambe, Linda (2005) A Digital Library Component Assembly Environment. MSc, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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Abstract

Digital libraries (DLs) represent an important evolutionary step towards accessing structured digital information. DLs are often built from scratch or by using proprietary monolithic software that is often difficult to customise and extend to meet changing requirements. Researchers are beginning to realise that this is not an ideal solution and as a result, are creating component suites and accompanying protocols to encourage the creation of modular DLs. Despite the introduction of component models, it is not immediately apparent how they can be seamlessly assembled to produce diverse, yet fully functional, component-based digital library systems without knowledge of the underlying protocols.
This dissertation presents a graphical user interface and its associated framework for creating DL systems from distributed components, consequently shielding DL architects from the complexity of using components models and taking advantage of the inherent benefits of the component programming paradigm. The framework introduced in this dissertation was designed to be generic enough to be adopted for the assembly of a variety of component-based systems over and beyond the digital library community.
After being tested on over thirty inexperienced users and modelling a number of existing DL systems, graphically assembling distributed components has been shown to be a viable approach to simplify the creation of modular DLs from a pool of heterogeneous components.

EPrint Type:Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:306
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:03 May 2006