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Hybrid Online-Offline Digital Collections

Suleman, Hussein, Marc Bowes, Matthew Hirst and Suraj Subrun (2010) Hybrid Online-Offline Digital Collections. In Proceedings Annual Conference of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT 2010), Bela Bela, South Africa.

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Abstract

Online digital repositories are rapidly becoming the norm to store various different forms of content, including academic documents and heritage collections. There are many advantages to online systems, including general accessibility and the increasing use of Web browsers as a platform. However, it can argued that, for the preservation of heritage, offline systems may offer other advantages, such as replication, simplicity and cost-effectiveness. This paper describes an attempt to exploit advantages of both approaches in the form of a combined online-offline digital repository, where some content is online on a Web server and other content is offline on a DVD-ROM. This new approach to designing systems for preservation and access is especially useful in areas with limited Internet bandwidth, such as in most African countries. Experimental results confirm that this system is effective and efficient.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:E Data: E.2 DATA STORAGE REPRESENTATIONS
H Information Systems: H.3 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL
ID Code:655
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:13 December 2010