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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publication13th European Conference, ECDL 2009, Corfu, Greece, September 27 - October 2, 2009. Proceedings
EditorsMaristella Agosti, José Borbinha, Sarantos Kapidakis, Christos Papatheodorou, Giannis Tsakonas
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages2-2
Number of pages1
Volume5714
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-04346-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04345-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Volume5714
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Abstract

Most of our research and scholarship now depends on curated databases. A curated database is any kind of structured repository such as a traditional database, an ontology or an XML file, that is created and updated with a great deal of human effort. For example, most reference works (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, gazetteers, etc.) that we used to find on the reference shelves of libraries are now curated databases; and because it is now so easy to publish databases on the web, there has been an explosion in the number of new curated databases used in scientific research. Curated databases are of particular importance to digital librarians because the central component of a digital library – its catalogue or metadata – is very likely to be a curated database. The value of curated databases lies in the organisation, the annotation and the quality of the data they contain. Like the paper reference works they have replaced, they usually represent the efforts of a dedicated group of people to produce a definitive description of enterprise or some subject area.

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