• What is a digital library?: Possibilities from the idea of ‘digital object’

    Author(s):
    Mariana Strassacapa Ou (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Digital archives, Digital media, Library and information science
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    digital archive, digital history, digital libraries, digital media
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZV5B
    Abstract:
    Essay presented in 2017 as fulfillment of requirements for completion of the module INM304 - Digital Libraries, part of the MSc Library and Information Science course at City, University of London. Abstract: In this essay, I first take a look into some existing definitions of 'digital library', attempting to identify the continuities and changes they presented over time, and to understand the reasons why the term has always been under revision. I then recognise a great divergence between the various definitions when it comes to trying to describe what a 'digital library' is made of: 'digital documents', 'information entities', 'data'? I argue for an agreement on the idea that a 'digital library' contains 'digital objects'; I explore this term by breaking it into 'object' and 'digital' and what they might mean in the contexts of digital libraries. Defining what a 'digital object' is does not specify what a 'digital library' is, as 'digital objects' are all over digital media; however, it does shine light on often undiscussed but fundamental issues regarding the nature of digital libraries, like the meaning of 'digital', and the materiality problem of digital libraries content.
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