Micro-musings after a night of oenophilia

Here’s a list of questions I hope to grapple with.  And, yes, I am fixating on terms a bit here.  I blame it on the philosophy courses.

  • What is a digital library architecture?
  • When we talk about digital library architectures do we normally tend to talk about systems?
  • Is it wise to have a system-centric view of digital library architectures – i.e., “just install Fedora/DSpace/Drupal/aDORe!” – or should we think instead in terms of APIs, standards, and access requirements?  Maybe this is a false dichotomy.
  • Do digital library architectures need to be so esoteric, or may they reduce to garden-variety information architectures?  Formulated otherwise: are our problems really that special?
  • How do repositories and digital library architectures intersect?
  • Would a UNIX filesystem w/ certain naming and directory conventions suffice as a digital library architecture?  Formulated otherwise: would the California Digital Library’s curation microservices suffice?
  • How do HTTP, web architecture, linked data, RDF-based ontologies, and REST help us with digital library architectures?
  • How might messaging architectures such as AMQP, XMPP, and OpenSRF fit into the digital library problem space?
  • Am I overthinking this/fixating too much on the phrase “digital library architecture?”

I’ve been trying to track down relevant literature on digital library architecture and have found a modest number of articles.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Happy holidays, folks.

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