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

Phiri, Lighton and Williams, Kyle and Robinson, Miles and Hammar, Stuart and Suleman, Hussein (2012) Bonolo: A General Digital Library System for File-based Collections, Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, 12-15 November 2012, Taipei, Taiwan, 7634, 49-58, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.

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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.

Item Type: Conference paper
Additional Information: Book Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Book Title: The Outreach of Digital Libraries: A Globalized Resource Network
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bonolo, Digital Collections, Digital Libraries, Digital Preservation, Developing World
Subjects: Information systems > Information systems applications
Information systems
Information systems > Data management systems > Database design and models
Information systems > Information retrieval
Alternate Locations: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34752-8_6
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:33
URI: http://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/id/eprint/784

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