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Organizing and Sharing Information on the World-Wide Web using a Multiagent System

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Freiburg, Germany ISBN 978-1-880094-30-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The Internet revolution has made a wealth of information resources available for direct and easy access on the
user's desktop. However, finding, organizing, and sharing appropriate information when needed has become
a significant problem for many users, including teachers, students and researchers. Organized information
spaces are easier to search, but finding or authoring these organizations is difficult. Our research focuses on
three areas which require significant technological advances: (1) finding information relevant to users' needs;
(2) organizing information for facilitating access in various contexts; and (3) collaborative information
sharing. Current WWW search engines allow users to locate information of interest, but often return vast
amount of irrelevant information. On-line centralized catalogs (like Yahoo) provide more relevant and well
organized information, but they are costly to author and not customizable to individual users needs. More
recent information discovery and filtering technologies attempt to provide relevant information to users by
learning from their previous queries or from other users' queries and feedback, but results are still preliminary
[Balanovic 1997][Moukas 1997]. Yet users need an easy way to access information relevant and adapted to
their current task and interest at any time.


Mathé, N., Chen, J.R. & Wolfe, S.R. (1998). Organizing and Sharing Information on the World-Wide Web using a Multiagent System. In T. Ottmann & I. Tomek (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 1998--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 76-78). Freiburg, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .


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