A academic digital library: Design of the underlying database structure.
Le Roux, D. & Weideman, M.
Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Le Roux, D. & Weideman, M. 2007. A academic digital library: Design of the underlying database structure. Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa. Online: http://web-visibility.co.za/website-visibility-digital-library-seo/
The design of a database specifically for an academic digital library seems not to be covered in recent literature. This design has special requirements involving security, user coupling, table design scalability, product support and high availability. What has been determined are that technology changes very rapidly, user adoption is an important but often ignored factor, and that academics need quick access to relevant articles, with a range of expected options in terms of search query specification.
A range of tables have been designed, including one each for article id, author id, author assignment, keyword assignment and keyword id.
Basic population of the database has been done, and integration with the user interface is underway.
The expected results include the establishment of an easy-to-use, reliable and highly functional academic virtual library. Academics and students should find it easy to locate specific and relevant references in a short time.
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