Access to Knowledge: Better Use of the Internet

Volkmar H. Haase, Christian Steinmann, Stephan Vejda
InSITE 2002  •  Volume 2  •  2002
WIP-Austria is an internet portal developed by Austrian Research Centers and by HM&S GmbH Graz. It gives access to databases, electronic and printed documents as well as to consultancy and services. The WIP database is based on “knowledge objects”: the contents of a document or service are defined by a two dimensional matrix (knowledge map) based on a decimal classification scheme and a set of pragmatic attributes. WIP is accessed by posing questions; questions are interpreted as linguistic variables which can be used to build an “interrogation map”. Pattern matching together with a Fuzzy Logic reasoning process leads to best fits. The WIP prototype is in pilot use by the Austrian Research Centers.
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