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Building Educational Portals atop Digital Libraries (21 Jan 2005)
SERC educational portals leverage the techniques and tools of the digital library community to bring cohesion and clarity to their presentation of information. We make wide use of the rich descriptive metadata and services tied to our collections, taking advantage, where possible, of overlapping efforts elsewhere in the community to share metadata and services. We build collections reflecting community wisdom in ways that are systematic, scalable and driven by the real needs of their final users. We exploit this order and intent through interfaces that implement current best practices enhancing users' exploration of our sites and collections. We hope that our CMS serves as a demonstration of what is possible when the tools for building informational websites are built on foundations that express the experience of the digital library world, organizing information in ways that help users better explore, evaluate and share the knowledge of their discipline.
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