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A Web Service Interface for Creating Concept Browsing Interfaces (09 Nov 2004)
The merit of our approach lies in its innovative use of web services technology to provide an educationally relevant visualization service across distributed library sites, as opposed to creating a visualization interface for a single library. Additionally, the Service can help educational libraries meet a pressing national requirement: since the passage of the No Child Left Behind legislation, educators are increasingly seeking educational resources that are aligned to national and state standards. As such, libraries using the Service can serve as important facilities helping educators to locate resources that support recognized standards and to integrate these resources into coherent learning activities. We hope that concept browsing interfaces created with the Service will help teachers and students to understand that science is not a list of facts to memorize, but instead a rich network of ideas to explore.
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