The purpose of this paper is to reveal main advantages of digital libraries in comparison with technology of common database for data-oriented fields of modern science. As an example, the subject domain “nanomaterials and nanotechnologies” with new features due to evolution of concepts and objects is presented.
An analysis of the information system ABCD as a basis for science-oriented digital library was fulfilled. Also, a survey of peculiarities of data in fast developing fields of science was prepared.
The results of this paper showed that functional capacities of ABCD satisfy requirements for complex collections and archives of scientific documents. Based on the ABCD tools and this concept, the digital library for storage and systematization of data and documents on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for the power engineering was constructed. The library combines opportunities of bibliographic, full text and factual information systems.
This paper gives the foundation for creation of a library that combines services of bibliographic, full text and factual (numerical) information systems. Some analyses of ABCD tools were made before elsewhere, but they did not point on data peculiarities of complexly organized domains: semi-structured data, multitude formats (text, image and tables), interconnection of content with external sources located on other servers or in the Web.
This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant No. 13-08-00404) and the target funding program “Informatization” of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Trachtengerts, M., Erkimbaev, A., Zitserman, V. and Kobzev, G. (2015), "Using a digital library instead of a traditional database: ABCD-based infrastructure for nanotechnology", The Electronic Library, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 916-927. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-08-2014-0136Download as .RIS
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