Digital Libraries: Developing Countries, Universal Access, and Information for All [chapter]

Ian H. Witten
2004 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Digital libraries are large, organized collections of information objects. Well-designed digital library software has the potential to enable nonspecialist people to conceive, assemble, build, and disseminate new information collections. This has great social import because, by democratizing information dissemination, it provides a counterbalance to disturbing commercialization initiatives in the information and entertainment industries. This talk reviews trends in today's information
more » ... t, introduces digital library technology, and explores applications of digital libraries-including their use for disseminating humanitarian information in developing countries. We illustrate how currently available technology empowers users to build and publish information collections. Making digital libraries open to all, as conventional public libraries are, presents interesting challenges of universal access.
doi:10.1007/978-3-540-30544-6_4 fatcat:2hmdthgaevcovkn3s6yixf7gna