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Describing and Classifying Networked Information Resources

Clifford A. Lynch (Director of the Division of Library Automation at the University of California,)
Cecilia M. Preston (Independent information broker and a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Library and Information Studies, Berkeley, CA)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 January 1992



The need for effective directories of networked information resources becomes more critical as these resources—online library catalogs, file archives, online journal article repositories, and information servers—proliferate, and as demand grows for intelligent tools to navigate and use such information resources. The existing approaches are based primarily on print‐oriented directories, but print‐oriented directories will not scale to support the future services that will help network users navigate tens of thousands of resources. The paper first explores the “user” perspective in various usage scenarios for employing a database of descriptive information to navigate or access networked information resources. It then considers specific data elements that will be required in a description of these networked information resources. Classification of networked information resources will ultimately rely on large‐scale prototypes, coupled with a new generation of advanced information‐seeking tools, and within the reality of economics.


Lynch, C.A. and Preston, C.M. (1992), "Describing and Classifying Networked Information Resources", Internet Research, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 13-23.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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