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Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems    [230 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0033-0337
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.657]   [H-I: 13]
  • Digital library technology in J-ISIS :Concept, implementation and
           comparison with GSDL.
    • Authors: (Egbert de Smet)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - Although the new J-ISIS software from UNESCO, based on Berkeley DB and Lucene technology, complies with some of the technical requirements as seen necessary for digital library applications, an easy way of building collections so far was not available. In this paper a report is given on some necessary DL technological requirements, such as the capability to deal with any metadata structure and alphabets and full-text indexing of documents of any length, and how J-ISIS can deal with these, as well as on the production of the DL interface for digital library applications based on Tika technology. Design/methodology/approach - A brief comparison is made with a well established DL software, i.e. GreenStone Digital Library, regarding the concepts and performance. Findings - While using a quite different architecture and approach, the test shows that J-ISIS can process the documents faster and with more economical storage efficiency, inviting UNESCO to invest more into it in order to allow incorporation of some more advanced features like Greenstone’s capability to process intra-document segments and images, but also to allow for new exciting features for digital libraries such as interactivity.Research limitations/implications - The research is based on the J-ISIS prototype implementation of Digital Library technology and could only be tested on a limited set of documents.Practical implications - Librarians interested in building digital library collections, esp. when doing this integrated with their library systems and catalogs, have a viable new option now within the FOSS-market.Originality/value - This is the first description on J-ISIS for digital libraries.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
  • The completeness of articles and citation in the Slovene Wikipedia
    • Authors: (Manca Noc; Maja Zumer)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - The purpose of this research was to examine the number and type of sources cited by featured articles from the Slovene Wikipedia with the purpose of assessing their quality. A sample of random articles was also procured in order to give a clearer picture of the content of the Slovene Wikipedia.Design/methodology/approach - A research was conducted on 122 featured articles from the Slovene Wikipedia from 2009, 2010 and 2011. The following aspects of the articles were analysed: topic and originality of the article and number, language and type of sources cited. Findings - The results have shown that most of the featured articles are adapted from the English Wikipedia, the most common topics being science, sports and history. Based on these results we have concluded that despite some deficiencies the featured articles on the Slovene Wikipedia are of much higher quality compared to random articles.Research limitations/implications - The biggest research limitation is the ever changing nature of Wikipedia and its articles, which hinders the process of analysing results and relying on these results to be relevant in the future. Originality/value - This is the first such research of the Slovene Wikipedia that deals specifically with citation analysis of featured articles. Results of this research offer valuable information to both editors of featured articles and users, as they point out certain deficiencies, which can be eliminated.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
  • Users’ perceptions of blog functions: Educational vs. personal use
    • Authors: (Hsiu-Ping Yueh; Weijane Lin, Tzuyi Lu)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - This paper aims to understand how users’ perceptions of the different functions of blogs vary in educational use and personal use, and further to explore whether experience with blogs has an influence on differences in perceptions of blog functions.Design/methodology/approach - To empirically determine whether the blog functions were suitable for educational and personal use, a blog system with numerous functions was constructed for users to evaluate. In total, 48 college students were recruited to participate in the study. The participants navigated this system and then filled in a questionnaire to give their opinions on the functions of both educational blogs and personal blogs.Findings - The findings of this study indicate that of the 26 blog functions, perceptions of 20 of the functions differed significantly between educational and personal use. Moreover, the results showed that only two blog functions, backup and traffic source, were influenced by both blog experience and blog usage.Originality/value - This study distinguishes itself from the previous studies on blogging systems in its specific focus on functionality with detailed evaluation under different purposes of contexts. Practical suggestions are accordingly made for practitioners to choose when and which functions to use under different circumstances to enhance the interaction and information exchange between users in the field practice of educational blogging.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
  • Consuming and producing linked open data: the case of Opencourseware
    • Authors: (Nelson Piedra; Edmundo Tovar, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, Jorge Lopez-Vargas, Janneth Alexandra Chicaiza)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - The aim of this paper is to present an initiative to apply the principles of Linked Data to enhance the search and discovery of Open CouseWare (OCW) contents created and shared by the universities.Design/methodology/approach - This paper is a case study of how Linked Data technologies can be applied for the enhancement of open learning contents.Findings - Results presented under the umbrella of OCW-Universia consortium, as the integration and access to content from different repositories OCW and the development of a query method to access these data, reveal that Linked Data would offer a solution to filter and select semantically those open educational contents, and automatically are linked to the Linked Open Data Cloud.Originality/value - The new OCW-Universia integration with Linked Data adds new features to the initial framework including improved query mechanisms and interoperability.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
  • Factors affecting Web 2.0 adoption: A case study
    • Authors: (Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam; Mansoureh Hosseini-Shoar)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - The main purpose of this paper is to identify factors affecting the adoption of Web 2.0 tools by librarians of academic libraries located in Hamedan, Iran.Design/methodology/approach - Methodologically, this survey is applied using a descriptive approach. The statistical population of the survey was 47 librarians of academic and college libraries located in Hamedan (Iran). The tool used for data gathering is a questionnaire made based on the relevant literature as well as authors’ standpoint. It consists of 39 questions under 10 broad factors. The collected data were analyzed with SPSS (version 16).Findings - Totally, ten broad factors affecting the adoption of Web 2.0 tools by the librarians were identified. The most effective factors are job conditions, changeability, skills, competitiveness, and saving time.Practical implications - To positively and effectively affect the adoption of Web 2.0 tools by librarians especially Hamedan academic librarians, holding training courses and related workshops, the inclusion of lessons regarding Web 2.0 tools and their application in the academic courses planned and run by LIS departments, implementing open and distance learning (ODL), attracting LIS professionals to the field of Web 2.0, buying needed software and hardware equipments, and addressing the importance of adopting and using Web 2.0 tools for academic and library managers should not be neglected.Originality/value - This study may contribute to the field in terms of better understanding of factors affecting the adoption of Web 2.0 tools and thus better usage of these and other emerging technologies in academic libraries and information centers.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
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