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A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the major characteristics of the emerging Chinese language virtual library and its supporting search engines

Ziyu Lin (Ziyu Lin is Associate Professor/Systems Librarian at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 September 2000

Abstract

An emerging, globally Web‐based Chinese language virtual library offers unprecedented content availability and user accessibility. Virtual and physical libraries are defined, and compared, in terms of bibliographical searching. Then, the size of the Chinese language virtual library is estimated and its future development is predicted. The quantitative analysis concentrates on the content of this virtual library through examining the subject directories of more than 100 of its search engines. The findings show that 20 percent of the subject categories provide 80 percent of online access activities. Many subject categories characterise values of the Chinese‐speaking world. Discussion continues with structural and functional analyses of Chinese language search engines that support this virtual library. Further, an analytic overview is presented of Chinese language applications that render the necessary and sufficient computational linguistic conditions for utilising Chinese language online resources.

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Lin, Z. (2000), "A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the major characteristics of the emerging Chinese language virtual library and its supporting search engines", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 255-272. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830010348134

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