A Review of Digital Libraries and Their Impact in Africa
American Journal of Computer Science and Technology
Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages: 60-67
Received: Sep. 18, 2019; Accepted: Oct. 9, 2019; Published: Dec. 25, 2019
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Peter Buba Zirra, Faculty of Science, Federal University Kashere, Gombe, Nigeria
Alhassan Jamilu Ibrahim, Faculty of Science, Federal University Kashere, Gombe, Nigeria
Nuraini Abdulganiyyi, Faculty of Science, Federal University Kashere, Gombe, Nigeria
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Abstract
Digital libraries, recommender systems and information retrieval are some of the most celebrated breakthroughs in the book of internet evolution. Digital libraries are referred to digital resources that are a collection of electronic materials and technical facilities used in searching, creating, and making use of information. They became important sources of information sharing which are extensions and enhancement of information storage and retrieval system used in manipulating data or materials in digital medium. This designed digital storage are used by set or group of users were they will collect and organize the said storages in a way their contents along with their usability supports the information needs of the said of group of users. These digital information resources have revolutionized many aspects of human lives that includes, in especially, the academia. This research is an attempt to show how internet has paved way for a much easier means of information sharing in various communities across the world. The paper is also an attempt to review the idea behind digital libraries and investigate the use of digital resources among African communities and their socio-economic importance and impact to the continent. The research did also review construction and networking of digital libraries among African institutions, some of which roles are played by e-libraries and information decimation in socio-economic development, sectorial information needs and the issues involved in the lack of establishment of these digital libraries. Lastly, after the paper reviewed works in progress across Africa, it clearly outlined that in a global neighborhood, large work needs to be done in order for African nations to use information in harnessing their full potentials
Keywords
Digital Library, Recommender Systems, Electronic Research, Information Retrieval, User Interfaces, Library Management, E-library, Image Processing, Electronic Database, Africa
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Peter Buba Zirra, Alhassan Jamilu Ibrahim, Nuraini Abdulganiyyi, A Review of Digital Libraries and Their Impact in Africa, American Journal of Computer Science and Technology. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2019, pp. 60-67. doi: 10.11648/j.ajcst.20190204.13
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