Digital Libraries - Implementation Principles
As we build digital libraries, it is important to
consider key principles so that these libraries will
be easily usable, and have long-term archival value.
- Declarative representations of documents should be used.
- Document components should be represented using natural forms,
namely objects that can be manipulated by users familiar with those objects.
- Links should be recorded, preserved, organized and generalized.
- There should be a separation between the digital library and user
interfaces to it.
- Searching should make use of advanced retrieval methods.
- Open systems that include the user, and where (some of) the
functions of librarians are carried out by the computer, must be developed.
- Task-oriented access to electronic archives must be supported.
- A user-centered development approach should be adopted.
- Users should work with objects at the right level of generality.