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NCSTRL+: adding multi-discipline and multi-genre support to the Dienst protocol using clusters and buckets

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4 Author(s)
Nelson, M.L. ; NASA Langley Res. Center, Hampton, VA, USA ; Maly, K. ; Shen, S.N.T. ; Zubair, M.

We describe NCSTRL+, a unified, canonical digital library for scientific and technical information (STI). NCSTRL+ is based on the Networked Computer Science Technical Report Library (NCSTRL), a World Wide Web (WWW) accessible digital library (DL) that provides access to over 100 university departments and laboratories. NCSTRL+ implements two new technologies: cluster functionality and publishing “buckets”. We have extended Dienst, the protocol underlying NCSTRL, to provide the ability to “cluster” independent collections into a logically centralized digital library based upon subject category classification, type of organization, and genres of material. The bucket construct provides a mechanism for publishing and managing logically linked entities with multiple data forms as a single object. The NCSTRL+ prototype DL contains the holdings of NCSTRL and the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). The prototype demonstrates the feasibility of publishing into a multi-cluster DL, searching across clusters, and storing and presenting buckets of information

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Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries, 1998. ADL 98. Proceedings. IEEE International Forum on

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22-24 Apr 1998

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