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Bonolo: A General Digital Library System for File-based Collections

Phiri, Lighton, Kyle Williams, Miles Robinson, Stuart Hammar and Hussein Suleman (2012) Bonolo: A General Digital Library System for File-based Collections. In Chen, Hsin-Hsi and Gobinda Chowdhury, Eds. Proceedings 14th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries 7634, pages 49-58, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Abstract

There is an ever-increasing amount of digital content being generated that needs to be well-organised, preserved and made accessible. The majority of generic repository software tools that currently exist are, arguably, overly complex, thus making collections dicult to manage and maintain in resource constrained environments. A possible solution to this problem would, in part, require designing digital library tools and services that are simple and easy to manage. This paper describes a digital library system that is based on a set of design decisions aimed at simplifying repository software architectures. The proposed system makes use of a hierarchical file-store for storage of digital objects. Evaluation of the system by means of a user experience study was conducted to investigate the usefulness of the system, its relative ease of use and what effect, if any, the architecture would have on the user experience. Experimental results showed that users found the system useful, effective and easy to use and that the architecture did not appear to negatively in
uence the user experience.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Bonolo, Digital Collections, Digital Libraries, Digital
Preservation, Developing World
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.4 INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
E Data: E.2 DATA STORAGE REPRESENTATIONS
H Information Systems: H.3 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL
ID Code:784
Deposited By:Phiri, Lighton
Deposited On:21 November 2012
Alternative Locations:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34752-8_6