How to use web-networking tools in your digital library?

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  • Title of the Project: How to use web-networking tools in your digital library?
  • Project leader: Atanu Garai, (India)
  • Brief description: Introductory Session (45+15)Participants are first given a short introduction about the project, along with demonstrations of different organisational websites which are hosting some kinds of networking and document repositories. They provide their feedback on the positive outcomes of having digital libraries integrated with social networking tools or vice versa, as well the problems thereof taking into account organisational knowledge management policies as well as current technological scenario.

Case Studies Session (45+15) In this session, participants are asked to suggest few scenarios where organisations are maintaining their digital library and networking sites either separately or integrated. Out of these, two portals – one of a private sector and another of a non-profit sector - are selected as discussion as case studies. Participants will be sent a list of web-sites by email for prior consultation before the Workshop.

The case studies allow participants to have a real-life experience of potential problems and prospects of integrating two different application sites.

Hands-on Practice (45+15) The website of is then demonstrated before the participants. It is a networking website for the global ethics community. The site maintains a database of participating members, several communities of practice, online mailing list, news section, among other features. is also in the process of developing a global multi-lingual digital library on ethics.

However, the digital library can not be built on the main networking website which is developed using OpenACS ( as it does not support digital library applications. In view of this, requires to maintain two different sites with almost non-existent interoperability across the sites. Participants are briefed about the problem and asked to provide their expert opinion on the possible solutions to overcome those problems.

Next steps (15+15) Participants are asked to prepare their additional feedback over email within next 4 days of the workshop. The idea of issuing a technical guideline in the form of brochure (maximum 10 pages) for the development organisation is discussed and key responsibilities for this work are shared and allocated amongst the participants.

  • Current stage: Early project development stage
  • Estimated work time needed: Approximately 3.5 Hours (may vary depending on the size of the group).
  • Output: A technical guidelines in the form of brochure (maximum 10 pages) will be prepared and published targeted at the development organizations.
  • Experience/skills sought in potential collaborators for the project: Knowledge management practitioners, primarily from the development organizations – with or without IT skills. Representatives of IT solution providers, IT nerds, Web 2.0 advocates and social networking gurus are welcome too.
  • Logistical needs: Participants are requested to bring their own data access devices, if available. They are also able to access internet, preferably wireless. The sitting is informal and participants are allowed to talk to each other freely. Some piece of papers may be needed but can be done without. Presentation equipment is also necessary.
  • What would you like to see come out from the workshop? A generic guideline is prepared for the KM staffs of development organizations to further the work on developing interoperability across the digital library and networking sites.

Some useful tips and advice are received for making networking and digital library portals interoperable and seamless as much as possible.

  • Sign-up sheet (to participate in this session, please write ** Your name):
    • Hailu Araya
    • Kees de Ruiter