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STARTS: Stanford Protocol Proposal for Internet Retrieval and Search

Gravano, Luis and Chang, Chen-Chuan K. and Garcia-Molina, Hector and Paepcke, Andreas (1997) STARTS: Stanford Protocol Proposal for Internet Retrieval and Search. Technical Report. Stanford InfoLab.




Document databases are available everywhere, both within the internal networks of the organizations and on the Internet. The database contents are often "hidden" behind search interfaces. These interfaces vary from database to database. Also, the algorithms with which the associated search engines rank the documents in the query results are usually incompatible across databases. Even individual organizations use search engines from different vendors to index their internal document collections. These organizations could benefit from unified query interfaces to multiple search engines, for example, that would give users the illusion of a single big document database. Building such "metasearchers" is nowadays a hard task because different search engines are largely incompatible and do not allow for interoperability. To improve this situation, the Digital Library project at Stanford has coordinated among search-engine vendors and other key players to reach informal agreements for unifying basic interactions in these three areas. This is the final writeup of our informal "standards" effort. This draft is based on feedback from people from Excite, Fulcrum, GILS, Harvest, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Infoseek, Microsoft Network, Netscape, PLS, Verity, and WAIS, among others.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Additional Information:Previous number = SIDL-WP-1996-0043
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Projects:Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:283
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:28 Oct 2001 16:00
Last Modified:02 Jan 2009 17:06

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