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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2005 Vol.6 No.11 P.1216-1220


Global Memory Net and the development of digital image information management system: Experience and practice

Author(s):  ZHANG Sheng-qiang, CHEN Ching-chih

Affiliation(s):  Library, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   cdzhangsq@hotmail.com, chen@simmons.edu

Key Words:  Global Memory Net (GMNet), Collaboration, Digital image library system development, Management system, Cultural, Historical, Heritage collections

ZHANG Sheng-qiang, CHEN Ching-chih. Global Memory Net and the development of digital image information management system: Experience and practice[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2005, 6(11): 1216-1220.

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global Memory Net (GMNet) is intended to be an effective gateway to the world cultural, historical, and heritage image collections from selected academic educational and research partners in the world. Much of these unique collections of great value to education and research are not currently accessible due to distance, form, and technical barriers. This project is to find new ways to enable users to access and exploit these significant research collections via global network. As GMNet is ending its first 5-year phase in October 2005, it has contributed substantially to the community building in digital library development by accommodating numerous collaborators and technical staff from various parts of the world to spend 3 to 5 months as a full-member of the GMNet team in Boston. They have come from different parts of China—such as Sichuan, Hainan, Shanghai and Xi’an; Croatia; and Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition to contribute to the overall system development and enhancement of system functionalities, they have brought valuable sample image collections of their own institutions/countries, and actually developed prototype collections as a part of GMNet. This paper describes the exciting and productive experience of the first of this visiting research group in developing the GMNet’s Version 2.0 PHP-based system under Prof. Chen’s overall supervision. It also describes both the system’s technical level structure—user/Web-based application/data, and complex functionalities with multi-collection, multi-lingual, multi-modal searching capabilities; system management capabilities; as well as provisions for user uploads and retrieval for our own projects. This Version 2.0 system is built on the Linux/Apache/PHP/MySQL platform. What is described in this paper is an actual case which has formed a base for further new development by others in the research group. It demonstrates fully the value of the synergistic collaboration among global partners for universal digital library development. More information can be found in http://www.memorynet.org/.

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