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The Galician virtual library

Ángeles S. Places (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)
Nieves R. Brisaboa (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)
Antonio Fariña (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)
Miguel R. Luaces (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)
José R. Paramá (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)
Miguel R. Penabad (Department of Computer Science, Facultade de Informática, University of Coruña, Coruña, Spain)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 26 June 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to present the digital library Galician virtual library (BVG, for “Biblioteca Virtual Galega”) in Galician.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper shows the objectives pursued by the BVG, its development, putting special emphasis on the main technological challenges, and presents some data about its usage.

Findings

A digital library can be used to stimulate a lesser‐used language and to promote the culture and tourism of a region.

Originality/value

The paper shows how a digital library can be used to strengthen the Galician language, which is currently categorised as a “Lesser Used Language” in the European Community and to contribute to the preservation and spreading of Galician culture and literary works, either from current authors or from previous documents. It also provides a digital publishing house for new authors and opens a communication channel between current authors and their readers. Finally, it helps to connect a scattered community like the Galician, offering a centralised access point to any information about Galicia. This work also presents some technological innovations included in the BVG, especially from the viewpoint of user interface design and search by content.

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Citation

Places, Á.S., Brisaboa, N.R., Fariña, A., Luaces, M.R., Paramá, J.R. and Penabad, M.R. (2007), "The Galician virtual library", Online Information Review, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 333-352. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520710764104

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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