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The links in the information chain

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Thanks to the World Wide Web, users now expect to link easily between disparate information services. It is no longer enough to study raw data in one database, search for relevant published articles in another, and look at the full articles in yet another. Users want to move seamlessly between all these sources, in order to follow lines of research efficiently and accurately. What are the problems in building links using data resources which were not designed for this purpose? This article presents examples drawn from recent work in The Dialog Corporation as well as from the European Union-funded ADLIB project, and examines the key issues of scalability and the interaction between different types of publishers.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2001

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

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