Collaborative, Distributed Information Management and Retrieval Architecture for the Enterprises


Tony Abou-Assaleh
Oliver Baltzer
Chris Jordan
Philip O'Brien
Hathai Tanta-ngai

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Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


The volume of published, digital content on the Internet grows rapidly each year. Locating and obtaining papers relevant to a particular topic becomes difficult as the sources are dispersed extensively making tracking and collection a lengthy and highly involved task. A solution to this fragmentation of publications is to define a common architecture whereby publishing firms provide local citation graphs to the remainder of the system enabling all firms to construct a global citation graph. The requirements of the participants of such a system are numerous but are lead by the need of each body to remain sole maintainer and provider of a published work. In this paper we present an architecture to address and accommodate the requirements of all parties involved in such a system. We show how our distributed citation system architecture is beneficial to the publishing firms involved in the distributed system as well as end users of the system.

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Report Date: 
August 10, 2005
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