Date of Award

Fall 2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems - (M.S.)

Department

Information Systems

First Advisor

Michael Bieber

Second Advisor

Stéphane Gagnon

Third Advisor

Vincent Oria

Abstract

Digital libraries deliver personalized knowledge directly to their users, without being restricted to the contents of a physical library. In a digital library information from any online source can be managed and shared, making more knowledge available to users than before. The information sharing is achieved by integrating many autonomous heterogeneous systems available. The challenge is to provide users with the ability to transparently access digital library contents in spite of the heterogeneity among the information sources.

Research communities have proposed several approaches to accomplish the system integration in digital libraries. In this thesis, the working of currently employed approaches was assessed and a new ontology based approach is proposed. This approach utilizes the semantic web enables web services to implement the middleware for digital library integration. Ontology based digital library integration will provide a machine processable mechanism and will overcome the shortcomings of earlier approaches.

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