Using digital libraries as a community hall for worldwide information spiral development

Minoru Ashizawa*, Hideaki Kikuchi, Yusuke Mishina, Hiromichi Fujisawa, Minoru Hidaka, Naoko Yamazaki, Akito Sakurai

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Our concept of a digital library from a user's viewpoint is explained by using a three-layer model of information distribution: information provider, information broker, and information user. Our worldwide communication-hall prototype consists of the virtual personal library client, called Webshelf, an information publishing server, and a hypermedia archive server, Webarchive. It allows users to virtually personalize information on the Web, organize it, create new information, and publish this new information. Webarchive offers an effective solution to the information volatility problem by storing all of the information obtained by users and managing link consistency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSystems and Computers in Japan
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • Annotation
  • Digital library
  • Information volatility problem
  • Link-consistency management
  • Metaphor
  • User interface
  • WWW

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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