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Web service for connecting visually impaired people with libraries

Danijela Tesendic (Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)
Danijela Boberic Krsticev (Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 16 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a case study of developing a web service that will act as an intermediary between the Audio Library system for the visually impaired and the library management systems. The Audio Library is based on speech recognition and text-to-speech engines and it produces synthesized speech from various electronic materials. It has its own database with a limited number of books and textual materials. Web services described in this paper should enable access to a larger number of electronic resources provided by libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the author specified software architecture of a web service analyzing different approaches for search and retrieval.

Findings

Web service described in this paper is the first software solution addressing the problem of lending e-books in Serbia. It aggregates collections of different libraries in a single access point for the Audio Library system. In this way, users of the Audio Library system are provided with larger number of electronic resources.

Originality/value

Communication between the Audio Library and this web service is achieved by using standardized protocols for exchanging library data. However, those protocols did not fulfill all necessary requirements, so the authors propose some extensions to overcome those issues.

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Acknowledgements

The work is partially supported by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia, through project no. OI174023: “Intelligent techniques and their integration into wide-spectrum decision support.”

Citation

Tesendic, D. and Boberic Krsticev, D. (2015), "Web service for connecting visually impaired people with libraries", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 67 No. 2, pp. 230-243. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-11-2014-0149

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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