Thu 10th October 2013 - 11:25

Easing access to digital libraries with m-DSpace

There are currently a lot more mobile phones than computers in the world, including in developing countries.

Thus, considering the challenges faced in these countries in accessing print-based publications and also their existing challenges regarding accessing ICT resources such as computer and Internet, mobile access to digital libraries might be a good alternative. This paper features the design of an application for easing the access to DSpace-based digital libraries, using user-centered design approach. Such application integrates mobile, web and desktop interfaces, aiming, on one hand, to provide alternative mechanisms for accessing such libraries in developing countries, using mobile devices, and on the other, to facilitating the usage of digital libraries in educational contexts.

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