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A Browsable Subject Hierarchy for E-Books

Senior Project: 2001-2002
Ryan Fuller, Erik Karas, Randall Minster and Joshua Prismon
Boulder, CO

The Boulder-based company netLibrary allows libraries and other educational institutions to purchase personalized collections of electronic books, which are also known as e-books. Patrons of these institutions can then check out a copy of an e-book from the institution's collection if it is available, reading them via an Internet browser. This is analogous to a physical library where there is a given set of books and a given number of copies of each book, except that the books are in an electronic media.

The only way for patrons to search through a library's collection is through the explicit entry of the books' descriptive data such as Title, Author, Subject, Keyword, Publisher, Publication Year or ISBN. To allow patrons to utilize their e-book collections more efficiently and in a manner that resembles an actual library more closely, netLibrary wanted to provide a way to browse through the e-book collections by subject matter. This would allow users to find the e-book they desire as well as related works in one broad search in order to give the online collection a more traditional library structure via an Internet browser.

The solution is a Browsable Subject Hierarchy for e-Books. The software provides a method for users to browse the subject hierarchy, as well as administrative tools that allow for the management of the content of the subject hierarchy. The project was implemented in a .NET framework in a Windows environment.

Maintainer Interface
Maintainer Interface
End User Web Interface
End User Web Interface
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