J.J. Bouma and J.H. ter Bekke (The Netherlands)
: collaborative databases, hyperquery,
Internet application, semantic modeling.
The concept of hyperlink determines the way the world
wide web is used today. Hyperlinks let users navigate
from web page to web page, from document to document.
In its present form the web is predominantly a hypertext
web. In addition, navigating seems to imply that users
follow static links predefined by others, not dynamic paths
created on the fly by users while they surf on the web. We
propose to use hyperlinks as queries to dispersed databases
on the Internet, called hyperqueries. In this way databases
can collaborate and users can define their own applications
by setting chains of hyperqueries.