X-System: An Extensible Digital Library System for Flexible and Multi-Purpose Contents Management

X-System: An Extensible Digital Library System for Flexible and Multi-Purpose Contents Management

Jian-hua Yeh (Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Aletheia University, New Taipei City, Taiwan), Chao-chen Chen (Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan), Shun-hong Sie (Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan) and Cjien-cheng Liu (Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/ijdls.2014010103
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Abstract

In this paper, the authors describe X-System, a general digital library platform which is capable of handling large-scale digital contents with flexible, extensible management features. The development of X-System achieves several important goals of modern digital library systems, including fully functional system, neutral and portable architecture, stackable modules, data exchange, and universal access. Several open source digital library systems are selected as a comparison of platform features. The model and architecture of X-System are also discussed in this paper. Moreover, several extension case studies of X-System are demonstrated to show the extensibility of their system. In addition to act as a basic digital archive/library system, the X-System has been adopted as various different usages, including E-learning platform, knowledge management platform, library circulation system, and embedded metadata framework.
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Design Issues Of Digital Library Systems

As mentioned earlier, the most important features of a modern digital library system are flexibility and generality. Since 2003, the year of X-System’s announcement, several extensions and applications have been developed and deployed. The aim of our research team is to create a powerful digital library system which meets the following important design issues:

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