View the PDF document Building a Digital Library for Computer Science Research: Technical Issues

Witten, I. H., Nevill-Manning, C. G., Cunningham, S. J. (1996)

Technical reports are available electronically at hundreds of internet sites around the world. A major impediment to their utility in computer science research is the difficulty in locating reports that are relevant to a particular area. We describe the implementation of a digital library for computer science technical reports that indexes every word in each report, covers a majority of computer science technical report archives, and supports a variety of search types despite the fact that documents are not formally cataloged. We discuss in detail techniques for constructing the digital library that minimize Internet and local storage costs.