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Clearinghouses for Digital Library Research

This page, "Digital Libraries Resources, Research and Projects," contains links to: DIGLIB Mailing List, Metadata Resources, Cataloguing and Indexing of Electronic Resources, Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Information, Library and Information Science Resources.

Among the rich resources of the Library are pages devoted to cataloging, copyright, the National Digital Library program , and Z39.50.

This is the web site for the UK Office for Library and Information Networking (UKOLN). The site provides access to information about UKOLN, descriptions of research, Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), papers and reports, UK/European Z39.50 resources section, and events.

"As part of the Federal role in the National Information Infrastructure, GILS identifies and describes information resources throughout the Federal government, and provides assistance in obtaining the information. GILS supplements other government and commercial information dissemination mechanisms, and uses international standards for information search and retrieval so that information can be retrieved in a variety of ways" (From "What is GILS?")

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports research activities in medical informatics, including the well-known Visible Human and the Unified Medical Language Language System (UMLS) projects. Other areas of interest include information visualization, expert systems, and information retrieval.

Maintains pointers to digital library research projects, technical papers, conference announcements and proceedings, and calendars of events.


Subject Area Gateways

The AHDS is a distributed organization based in the UK and funded by JISC. The AHDS mission is to "collect, manage, preserve, and encourage re-use of high-quality digital information resources." AHDS publications include several relating to best practices, standards, and management of digital collections. Among its stated services to users is expert guidance on the creation and scholarly use of digital resources.

Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) via the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) and based at the University of Nottingham, this is an independent gateway to high quality biomedical Internet resources. Each resource listed on OMNI is selected, evaluated, described, indexed and classified according to written guidelines in which the selection principles and evaluation criteria are presented. The sections of the Guidelines that deal with content and access evaluation could be applicable to any Internet subject area gateway.

The Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway (ADAM), is being developed to provide a gateway to information about fine art, design, architecture, applied arts, media, theory, museum studies and conservation and professional practice related to any of the above. It is one of the eLib Access to Network Resources (ANR) projects and received its funding from JISC. A user survey to measure information needs and search methods, annual reports, and service usage statistics are published at the site.

The Bibliotheque Municipale de Lyon has assembled a 3000 image online collection from 200 illuminated manuscripts and incunabula covering the period from the 5th century A.D. to the Renaissance. The collection is expected to grow to 10,000 images, and multi-access inquiry will be available in the future.

The William Blake Archive is an expanding hypermedia archive of the illuminated works of William Blake. The Archive is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the Getty Grant Program, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, Sun Microsystems, and Inso Corporation. By the end of 1998, it is expected that the entire Blake illuminated canon will be online. The Archive is searchable by text or image, and Inote and ImageSizer applications are available to manipulate and resize images. The William Blake Archive project provides a model for using the Internet to create libraries of visual and textual digital materials that may be used for scholarly research and collaborative editing.

The Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) project, funded through the eLib Programme, provides free access via the Internet to resources which have been selected, cataloged, classified and subject indexed by experts. At the site, one may find the EEVL pilot evaluation plan as well as the 1996 report that was issued following the first user evaluation of EEVL. The appendices to the report include copies of the questionnaires that were used by evaluators and information such as the sites most commonly visited, most common search terms used, and profiles of the client base accessing EEVL. The EEVL gateway offers broad or focussed searching capabilities, and search results provide the choice of linking to full descriptive resource records or to the resources themselves.

The Math Forum gateway provides easy access to high quality resources for mathematicians and math teachers, and it provides resources that cover the use and administration of Internet sites as well as other educational resources. Among its features are the following: five ways to search with well written instructions for using each type; interactive sites; multilingual sites; choice of resource listings by knowledge levels from elementary to research level; and resources displayed in either an outline form or as an annotated listing with the ability to switch back and forth between the two.

Biz/ed is an eLib funded information gateway that collects, assesses, and describes quality educational resources of use to the business and economics community. Most of the Biz/ed information resources are primary and provide case studies, work sheets, and datasets on the Internet that are free at the point of use. The document, Biz/ed Annual Report for eLib 1997, which is available at the site, covers the first year of the Biz/ed project. The report lists lessons learned regarding the methodology used for the first evaluation of the service that may be instructive to others planning evaluations of their digital collections.

SOSIG is an online catalog of social science networked information resources. Each resource accessed via SOSIG has been selected and described by either a librarian or an academic. Because SOSIG prefers not to point to lists, most of the pointers on SOSIG are to primary information resources. These resources may be from any country, written in any European language. Each of the resources has been cataloged, and the catalog record contains metadata including: title, description, keywords, country, language, and URI. SOSIG uses both Internet and library standards to ensure system longevity and interoperability and receives funding from eLib, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the European Commission through the DESIRE Project.

This collection of web pages is designed to help users locate resources related to Social Informatics, a body of literature that addresses social aspects of computerization.


Calendars of Events


Technical Reports and Papers

  • Bibliographies and on-line collections
  • Specialized bibliographies and collections
  • A few key documents:

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Last revised: 6 September 2005