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Multilingual Access and Services for Digital Collections

by Jiangping Chen


Turn to this book for everything you need to know about MLIA—from what's easy to what's more challenging.

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January 2016

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Pages 210
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Organization of Information
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/Digital Librarianship

This unique guide offers you a thorough understanding of multilingual information access (MLIA) and services and related concepts, such as database design, information retrieval, machine translation, and natural language processing.

Written for digital library developers, library and information science graduate students, and information professionals serving international information users, this book defines multilingual information access (MLIA) and discusses the importance of enabling international users to access digital collections. Based on a systematic review of the research and development carried out on cross-language information retrieval, machine translation, and case studies of current multilingual digital libraries, the author clearly explains what you need to know about technologies for building MLIA function for digital collections.

The book leads you through an examination of Internet language services and tools that are useful for developing multilingual digital libraries and for assisting international users in accessing digital resources. Content is further clarified by two research projects that are presented to demonstrate the application of technologies used to build MLIA functions and multilingual user interfaces. The book concludes with possible strategies for using Internet language services and tools to implement MLIA function for digital collections.


  • Integrates useful knowledge from multiple disciplines such as database design, information retrieval, machine translation, and natural language processing for multilingual information access
  • Provides practical knowledge and technologies you can understand and apply in your work
  • Shows you how to evaluate machine translation services and how to build multilingual services for digital libraries
  • Acts as both a professional guide and a textbook or reference book for LIS courses
  • Features comprehensive analysis of information processing tools and resources that will benefit corporate information professionals who deal with international customers
Author Info

Jiangping Chen, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT). She earned a doctorate in information transfer in 2003 from Syracuse University, a Master of Science degree in information science from the Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995, and a Bachelor of Science degree in information science from Wuhan University in China in 1988. Her dissertation on English-Chinese Cross Language Information Retrieval won the prestigious ISI/ASIST Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award in 2003. Chen directs the Intelligent Information Access Lab at the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at UNT. She has received more than $1 million to support her research on intelligent information access, digital libraries, and information systems. Chen developed and taught graduate-level courses in digital libraries, information architecture, multilingual information access, data modeling, and web database systems. She is editor-in-chief of The Electronic Library and an active member of the Association of Information Science and Technology and the American Library Association.

Table of Contents


  • PrefaceAcknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Cross-Language Information RetrievalChapter 3: Machine Translation Research and PracticeChapter 4: Machine Translation for Digital CollectionsChapter 5: Multilingual Systems and InterfacesChapter 6: Beyond Retrieval: Knowledge Discovery and Future DirectionsChapter 7: Related Internet Language Resources and Tools
  • Acronym ListGlossaryIndex

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