Supporting Domain-Specific Digital Libraries in Government: Two Case Studies
Government agencies often provide web-accessible collections of documents for use by government employees as well as the general public. In our work, we focus on domainspecific digital libraries where the subject matter of the documents is restricted to the topics of concern in the government work; our goal is to assist government users who are knowledgeable in the domain(s) represented in the collection. We report here on two digital government projects: a project with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service with a focus on providing comprehensive access to documents produced by the agency for Forest Service managers, and a second project with the national health portal in Denmark, sundhed.dk, with a focus on meeting the information needs of family practice physicians as they treat patients. In this chapter, we describe how the use of a digital library application, Metadata++, can improve document and information retrieval, and we explore other aspects that contribute to project success, such as involvement of government partners, agency commitment, technology transfer, and evaluation.
KeywordsDigital Library Natural Resource Manager Control Vocabulary Multiple Occurrence Semantic Component
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