Re: new ? resource discovery idea (Alejandro Rivero)
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1993 19:04:16 +0000 (GMT)
From: (Alejandro Rivero)
Subject: Re: new ? resource discovery idea
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> [ Mark said: ]
> /                                                           By
> / joining individual subject spaces to a global subject space, the
> / resources are discovered and organised by the users, without any
> / extra effort.  Once a global subject space is populated with
> / resources, it can be used by individuals to discover resources
> / by searching and browsing it.
> Just me being curious really, but what is this global subject space,
> and how are you going to populate it?  If we're just talking about
> putting things onto a single server (remember the NCSA annotation
> server :-) then fair enough - I was wondering if there might be
> anything more to it!
> Martin
One sugesstion to populate a graphical browser is to use ISI approach
to Science classification. They draw the graph of references between
papers, so by example the distance between two publications is the 
number or common (or even mutual) references. 

This approach translates easily to gopherspace or to the Web, as it is
possible to use the hyperlinks to draw the graph and calculate the
"subject" distance between servers. We sopke about this in the gopher 
list time ago, but I dont know if someone is working on. Obviusly,
a www browser with graphical add-ons, such as xmosaic, would be more
appropiate (even thought that the actual bitmapped maps are not very
efficient to store lattices and nets)

					Alejandro Rivero
					Zaragoza Univ, Spain