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In Proc. of The Joint Pacific Asian Conference on Expert Systems, Singapore, 1997 Information Brokering over the Information Highway: An
 

Summary: In Proc. of The Joint Pacific Asian Conference on Expert Systems, Singapore, 1997
Information Brokering over the Information Highway: An
Internet-Based Database Navigation System
Syed Sibte Raza ABIDI
School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia
Abstract. The profuse use of the information highway has promoted it as a meritorious
medium for global information sharing; accessing and sharing information stored in different
databases that are inter-linked by the internet. We present an internet-based database
application, a `Re-configurable Internet Information Broker' that provides (a) the
functionality to dynamically connect and interact in real-time with remote databases via the
internet; and (b) an `intelligent' database navigation engine based on the notion of database
virtual hierarchies -- a database navigation mechanism that allows users to navigate the
database by envisaging it as a user-defined hierarchical structure.
1. Introduction
The explosive growth of the "Information Highway" has radically transformed the norms of
information processing. Growing number of business organisations, government institutions,
academics, students and a variety of users are now embracing the information highway as an
apt medium for electronic, infomation-centered communication. Advances in internet based
technologies have generated tremendous opportunities for information-sharing by making
available not only a plethora of applications, software and document archives, but also

  

Source: Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza - Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences