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Volume 1 Issue 2 June 2003


Indexing for XML-based Articles

Canan F. Pembe and Taflan 0. Gundem
Computer Engineering Dept.,
Boazici University, 80815 Bebek, Ostanbul, Turkey


Traditional information retrieval systems have problems in the relevancy of the search results. They usually return a huge number of results to query requests, mainly because they do not have the ability to utilize the semantic information XML can provide. The solution is XML-based information retrieval systems. Furthermore, an application area of this subject is XML-based article retrieval. In recent years, there has been a great tendency, both in the academia and the industry, to publish articles electronically using XML In this paper, we present an indexing schema for the article retrieval system that we propose - in which all the articles are formed as XML documents. The indexing schema is geared for efficient processing of queries, considering the specific properties in the retrieval of XML-based articles. Furthermore, we compare the performance of our proposed indexing schema with an alternative approach.

Extension of CommonKads for Virtual Organizations

Hafida Bouarfa, Mohamed Abed
Data Processing Department Civil Engineering Department 
University of Blida BP 270, Algeria University of Blida BP 270, Algeria 
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In this paper, we describe knowledge acquisition for the construction of an extended enterprise memory. Our purpose is to verify the applicability of an existing knowledge acquisition method (commonKads) for the case of virtual organisations. The case study presented is chosen in the building domain. The organisation studied would like to preserve knowledge of post-seismic evaluations of damages caused to structural elements (beams, columns). The limits of commonKads for virtual organisations are then presented with propositions to extend it. We also focus on the tacit dimension of knowledge and propose to accept a margin of error in the acquisition process.

An Empirical Approach to Automated Web Site Evaluation

Melody Y. Ivory-Ndiaye 
The Information School University of Washington


The Web enables broad dissemination of information and services, yet most sites have in-adequate usability and accessibility. Numerous automated evaluation methodologies and tools have been developed to help designers to improves their sites. We describe the state-of-the-art in automated web site evaluation and then elaborate on our WebTango approach, which entails deriving design guidelines by mining empirical data. We compute over 157 measures, which assess many web interface aspects, and then use these measures along with expert ratings from Internet professionals as input to data mining algorithms. This mining process enables us to derive statistical models of highly rated web interfaces, such that the models reflect effective design patterns that are used on them. We then deploy the models so that designers can use them in the automated analysis of their sites.

Bible Information Modelling

Patrick van Bommel
Department of Information Systems
Subfaculty of Computing Science, 
University of Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, T
he Netherlands


In this paper we address the question how information models of the Bible can be constructed. It is evident that building a generally acceptable and satisfactory model of the Bible is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Consequently, this paper contains no plug-and-play solutions. The intention of this paper is to examine the challenges in Bible information modelling. Specific attention will be given to navigation models and models of Bible contents. Also, models of Bible readers will be considered. In our project, reader models will be applied for the construction of personalized versions of the Bible. We propose several basic instruments for structuring information in the context of the Bible.

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