Object-orientated Design of Digital Library Platforms for Multiagent Environments

Nur Zincir-Heywood, A, Heywood, M I and Chatwin, C R (2002) Object-orientated Design of Digital Library Platforms for Multiagent Environments. Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions, 14 (2). pp. 281-295. ISSN 1041-4347

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Abstract

The application of an object-oriented (OO) methodology to the design of a platform for heterogeneous digital libraries with multiagent technologies is demonstrated. Emphasis is placed on maximizing the autonomy of the query processing activity. The Fusion OO paradigm is specifically employed as the basis for the design process due to the significance attributed to the development of object interfaces under static and dynamic conditions. Finally, characteristics of the proposed Domain Index Server (DIS) platform are contrasted with those of an alternative platform (the University of Michigan Digital Library, UMDL) by way of the respective Fusion descriptions. This identifies a different emphasis on the interface design between objects in the two platforms: the DIS system uses more dynamic links while the UMDL system focuses on permanent and constant links. Simulation of the two platforms provides performance data that demonstrates the higher capacity of the DIS scheme

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Additional Information: The application of an object-orientated methodology to the design of a platform for heterogenous digital libraries with multiagent technologies is demonstrated. Emphasis is placed on maximising the autonomy of the query processing activity which facilitates agent-based systems that permit different distributed databases and web-user interface structures to be interoperable. This is a seminal paper, describing the creation of multi-agent technology as used in Service-Orientated-Architecture, an architecture that is having a significant impact on business and e-commerce IT system design by permitting the integration of legacy software and facilitating the operation of virtual enterprises; Abingdon-Consultants -roger@abingtonconsultants.co.uk; tel: 07850650057.
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Chris Chatwin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:43
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 11:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27703
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