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Digital Libraries

26 August 2006

In my quest for finding open source digital library software, I came across Dspace.org. Dspace was developed by MIT and Hewlett-Packard. Institutions are using it to store, organize, classify, and make accessible to others all different types of digital objects. Important metadata is associated with each digital object. (Once again the power of metadata strikes again.) Uses of dspace range from making available research, student theses, and learning objects. I think that there are also applications for the K-12 arena. Why? Well, we know that increasingly students are becoming creators of their own digital content. Once we as educators can think about how we can capitalize on these new outlets (while also addressing the related ethical issues) for creativity (some teachers are already doing this) digital libraries may be import ways of sharing student work.

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