Getting Information from Dispersed Databases through Hyperqueries

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.

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