Cooperation or Control? Web 2.0 and the Digital Library


  • Alexey Maslov Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Adam Mikeal Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Katherine Weimer Texas A&M University Libraries
  • John Leggett Texas A&M University Libraries


The Web 2.0 trend has placed a renewed emphasis on interoperability and cooperation between systems and people. The digital libraries community is familiar with interoperability through technologies like OAI-PMH, but is disconnected from the general Web 2.0 community. This disconnect prevents the digital library from taking advantage of the rich network of data, services and interfaces offered by that community. This paper presents a case study of a collection within the Texas A&M Repository that was improved by adopting the principles of cooperation embodied by the term Web 2.0.