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Interoperability in Digital Libraries

Suleman, Hussein (2010) Interoperability in Digital Libraries, in Iglezakis, Ioannis, Tatiana-Eleni Synodinou and Sarantos Kapidakis, Eds. E-Publishing and Digital Libraries: Legal and Organizational Issues, chapter 2, pages 31-47. IGI Global.

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This chapter present the principles and practices of interoperability – the ability of systems to work together – as it pertains to digital libraries.
While there is no well-defined theoretical basis for interoperability, it has gradually emerged as a major aspect in the creation of digital library systems, particularly in modern digital repositories such as those adopted by the Open Access movement. The need for standardisation is a key element of interoperability, and is considered in tandem with the more technical elements. Principles of interoperability have emerged through experimentation and any future attempts to infuse interoperability into a system should build on these principles, such as simplicity and orthogonality. In practice, experiments with system and protocols have demonstrated what works and what does not and where there is a need for additional interventions, such as the successful OAI-PMH and RSS standards.
The key interoperability technologies currently in use in digital library systems are introduced and contextualised in terms of their applicability and motivations. In this discussion, the line between digital library standards and Web standards is intentionally fuzzy because of the increasingly symbiotic relationship between these communities.

EPrint Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:Interoperability, standards, protocols, components, distributed systems
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
ID Code:680
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:22 Febuary 2011