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ERIC Number: EJ875922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Digital Library Archaeology: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Library Use through Artifact-Based Evaluation
Nicholson, Scott
Library Quarterly, v75 n4 p496-520 Oct 2005
Archaeologists have used material artifacts found in a physical space to gain an understanding about the people who occupied that space. Likewise, as users wander through a digital library, they leave behind data-based artifacts of their activity in the virtual space. Digital library archaeologists can gather these artifacts and employ inductive techniques, such as bibliomining, to create generalizations. These generalizations are the basis for hypotheses, which are tested to gain understanding about library services and users. In this article, the development of traditional archaeological methods is presented and used to create a conceptual framework for the artifact-based evaluation in digital libraries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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