Since ages, libraries and librarians have developed and applied techniques and practices for selection, acquisition, description, accessing and preservation of information to foster education and research and to preserve cultural heritage. In Digital Libraries, we are looking at techniques how library services can be realized using modern information and communication technologies, and how novel services can be devised for new document types and user needs. Besides covering techniques for handling textual documents, a focus of the lecture lies on non-textual document types (e.g., multimedia data and research data) as well as visual-interactive approaches for document exploration and user search.
In the associated AK (selected topics) course, we focus on selected advanced aspects of Digital Library systems, e.g., Visual Exploration of Document Collections, Visual Relevance Feedback for Search, and Social-Media and Library Services.
In the accompanying exercises, students implement and apply selected techniques for Digital Libraries. Recent examples include harvesting and analysis of metadata and visual search and analysis for research data repositories.
Photo credits: © Tobias Schreck // Wikimedia commons // L. Shao, M. Behrisch, T. Schreck, T. v. Landesberger, M. Scherer, S. Bremm, and D. Keim. Guided sketching for visual search and exploration in large scatter plot spaces. In Proc. EuroVA International Workshop on Visual Analytics, pages 19-23, 2014.