Low Cost, Cross-language and Cross-platform Information Retrieval and Documentation Tools

Nikitas N. Karanikolas


In this paper we focus on the design and implementation of low cost, cross language and cross platform Information Retrieval and Documentation tools capable for the collection, organization and administration of unstructured and semi-structured information imported from various sources. A modular Computer Assisted Information Resources Navigation (CAIRN) software architecture is proposed and the requirements of each module are presented. A discussion of the implementation is based on the experimentation with a prototype of such a software tool. The technologies that are incorporated into the modern operating systems and the opportunities that they offer for implementing the modules of the CAIRN architecture are also examined and evaluated. Some of these technologies are common / independent from the operating systems, while some others are distinctive. In this latter case we face barriers (restrictions) for a straightforward implementation of the CAIRN software systems to the whole range of desktop operating systems (e.g. Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris). Some alternative technologies are presented to avoid this serious constraint. The evaluation of the implementation effort is also discussed and eventually some conclusions and future plans for further improvement of the CAIRN architecture are given.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.2498/cit.1000759

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