Web-Scale Discovery Services

Web-Scale Discovery Services

Principles, Applications, Discovery Tools and Development Hypotheses

1st Edition - March 24, 2022

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  • Author: Roberto Raieli
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323902984
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323902991

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Web-Scale Discovery Services: Principles, Applications, Discovery Tools and Development Hypotheses summarizes and presents the state-of-the-art in WSDS. The title promotes a middle-way between finding the best tool for each particular need and the search for the most reliable systems. The title identifies basic theoretical problems and offers practical solutions for librarians. The volume offers a summary of ideas from around the world, giving a new perspective that is backed up by strong theory. Offering a vision for libraries, this book also allows archivists, museum specialists, computer scientists, commercial operators and interested users to deepen their culture and information literacy. The great number of information sources now available and the changing habits of web users has led to the development of Web Scale Discovery Services (WSDS). The goal of these systems and techniques is to make catalogues, databases, institutional repositories, Open Access archives and other databases searchable and discoverable through a single point of access. The diffusion of systems and connections between data disseminated by libraries and published by other institutions poses a challenge to understanding discovery in the modern library.

Key Features

  • Lays out the state-of-the-art in WSDS for contemporary libraries and institutions
  • Presents an innovative take on information retrieval and digital document management
  • Grounds thinking on a bibliographic basis, combining academic, practical and commercial aspects
  • Offers a perspective on how WSDS and discovery tools are seen and used internationally
  • Provides a version of culture and information literacy of relevance to a broad-range of cultural specialists


Librarians, archivists, library and information science researchers, library managers, graduate students in LIS

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Preface
  • Part One
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: scope, tools, actors, and values of knowledge discovery
  • 1.1. The space of information and knowledge
  • 1.2. OPAC, discovery tools, and information literacy
  • 1.3. Enduring values
  • Chapter 2. The evolution of the search systems
  • 2.1. The renewal of the OPACs (Online Public Access Catalog)
  • 2.2. Search, interaction, and discovery scenarios
  • 2.3. The technologies of discovery systems
  • Chapter 3. Search and discovery tools
  • 3.1. Definition of tools and resources
  • 3.2. The main discovery systems
  • 3.3. Problems of system implementation and data visualization
  • Part Two
  • Chapter 4. Principles and theories
  • 4.1. The linked data methodology and the Semantic Web project
  • 4.2. Possibilities and criticalities of the new methods
  • 4.3. Toward a new definition of resource
  • Chapter 5. Information discovery and information literacy
  • 5.1. Information retrieval and discovery
  • 5.2. Discovery tools and information literacy
  • 5.3. Information literacy and individual needs
  • Chapter 6. Conclusions: since we have Google and Sci-Hub, what need is there for libraries?
  • Bibliography and further readings
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 228
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2022
  • Published: March 24, 2022
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323902984
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323902991

About the Author

Roberto Raieli

Roberto Raieli is the Director of the Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, Art and Performing Arts Library at the Sapienza University in Italy. He is also interim Director of the ‘Angelo Monteverdi’ Library for Philological, Linguistic, and Literary Studies at the same institution. He holds a PhD in Bibliographic, Archival and Documental Sciences, and his research interests include information science, digital libraries, information retrieval, documentation, and the semantic web.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, Art and Performing Arts Library, Sapienza University, Italy

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