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The Evolution of Digital Libraries Towards Software Agent Libraries The ACUBD Prototype
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WEBNETJ Volume 1, Number 3, ISSN 1522-192X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

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The changes produced in information technology affect many aspects of information production, dissemination and access. Nowadays more and more documents are published and distributed in electronic form, and libraries need to adapt themselves to cope with this new reality. This article analyses how information technology, software agent, and emerging Internet standards are changing the traditional library structure and role. A digital library is viewed as a complex entity consisting of three main components, information resources, physical resources, and services, which can be used and man- aged by different human actors: information managers, information providers, and readers. Also, an environment for the creation and use of a digital library is presented. The prototype, called ACUBD, is based on a four-agent architecture, where agents act on behalf of two users: the information manager, who is responsible for building a personal digital library looking for documents in Web, and the reader, who uses this organised structure.

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SOMMARUGA, L. & CATENAZZI, N. (1999). The Evolution of Digital Libraries Towards Software Agent Libraries The ACUBD Prototype. WebNet Journal: Internet Technologies, Applications & Issues, 1(3), 40-48. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 25, 2021 from .

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