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ELECTRONIC NEWS SERVICE FOR THE EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
 

Summary: ELECTRONIC NEWS SERVICE FOR THE EUROPEAN
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
R. Amor, R. Marsh, and A. Hutchison
Building Research Establishment, Watford, UK
ABSTRACT: The Electronic News Service (ENS at http://www.connet.org/NS/Intl/) is an
AltaVista-like service which is specialised for the construction industry. It has been
developed as one of the services in the EC project CONNET (Construction Information
Service Network, at http://www.connet.org/, Turk and Amor 2000). The ENS provides a
searchable index of the contents of Internet sites relevant to the built environment. The
database containing the source set of Internet sites to index has information on over 19,600
Internet sites across the world, categorised and classified by several criteria. This base set of
Internet sites is drawn from all major lists offered to the construction industry (e.g., Yahoo,
EEVL, UK-BRP, etc) and from published sources (e.g., Architect's Journal, Building
magazine, etc). Over 35 major lists of site sources are utilised to build, maintain, and develop
this set of resources for the construction industry.
This paper describes the ENS, the methods it uses to gather and index construction
information across the world, and the services it offers to the construction industry. It also
provides an analysis of the references gathered from the 35 major lists of resources which
are established across the world. This analysis looked at the overlap that exists between the
Internet sites referred to by each of these lists (which is remarkably small), the particular

  

Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences