Uwe M. Borghoff et.al.: Agent-Based Document Retrieval for the European Physicists: A Project Overview

Author(s):
Uwe M. Borghoff, Eberhard R. Hilf, Remo Pareschi, Thomas Severiens, Heinrich Stamerjohanns, Jutta Willamowski
Title:
Agent-Based Document Retrieval for the European Physicists: A Project Overview
Abstract:
Today in physics, more and more scientific documents are prepared electronically, are posted and archived. At the same time, an increasing number of heterogeneous Web-servers are dedicated to hosting such archives. While this trend makes available more relevant scientific information, it also complicates the task of finding, retrieving, processing and printing scientific documents. As a consequence physicists could benefit from an efficient user-friendly tool that integrates functionalities for document retrieval and distribution. In this paper, we present a solution to this problem. Our approach links two systems together: an agent-based search engine for document retrieval and a printing-on-demand service that handles printing, binding and shipping of retrieved documents to readers who request them. We discuss a prototype already available that enables document retrieval from a number of Web servers, including the global network of physics preprints, set up by P. Ginsparg, and the PhysDoc broker which integrates 1000 distributed European Web-servers maintained by local physics departments.
Published:
PAAM'97; Second International Conference and Exhibition 21-23 April 1997, London, UK
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