- An Agent-Based Architecture for Supporting High-Level Search Activities in Federated Digital Libraries
- N. Fuhr
- N. Gövert
- C.-P. Klas
- Proceedings 3rd International Conference of Asian Digital Library
- Federated digital libraries offer a variety of information structures. In order to allow for different kinds of searches as well as for navigation along explicit and implicit links, a large set of searching and browsing functions has to be provided. However, non-expert users will need additional help for performing effective searches. In order to guide the user, we support strategic search activities at different abstraction levels (strategies, stratagems, tactics), which are structured in a hierarchy. For implementing these concepts, we have developed an agent-based architecture for accessing a federated digital library. The resulting system integrates searching and browsing, supports high-level search activities, allows for horizontal and vertical integration of services and is flexible and extensible.
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