"World Cultures in English(es)" at the School of Arts and Humanities Library, University of Lisbon: The Communication Platform Architecture and Its Critical Analysis

By Alcinda Pinheiro, Maria Jose Pires, Pedro Estácio and Teresa Malafaia.

Published by The International Journal of Books, Publishing, and Libraries

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We will consider the architecture of the communication platform prototype, "World Cultures in English(es)" (WCE), in relation to the interaction among different types of media and audiences. Such an architecture has emphasized the need for an interdisciplinary team of scholars, librarians, and Information Technology experts who have conceived the prototype. This prototype was developed using PHP and MySQL, and is based on the University of Lisbon server. The "World Cultures in English(es)" is an Open Access platform bringing together different types of documents—written, audio, visual, multimedia, and electronic—and aims at educational, cultural, social, and economic inclusiveness, namely in terms of users with special needs. The WCE platform strongly implies social commitment through reliable information and forms of communication adequate to different kinds of audiences. The "World Cultures in English(es)" prototype will be tested by different audiences from different schools and universities, leading to the necessary adjustments.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, Social Commitment, Communication Platform

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.9-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 11, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.063MB)).

Prof. Alcinda Pinheiro

Associate Professor, English Studies Department, Centre for English Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Maria Jose Pires

Adjunct Professor, Estoril Higher Institute for Hotel and Tourism Studies, Lisbon, Portugal; Researcher, Centre for English Studies, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Pedro Estácio

Head of the Library Division, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Prof. Teresa Malafaia

Researcher/Executive Editor, Anglo Saxonica Journal, Centre for English Studies, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Member of the Scientific Committee of the University of Lisbon Senate, Lisbon, Portugal; Associate Professor, Centre for English Studies, English Studies Department, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal