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ALIBI: a novel approach to resource discovery

David Flater (David Flater is a Computer Scientist in the Information Management Group of the NIST Computer Systems Laboratory. Bldg. 225 Rm. A266, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899. Tel: 301 975 3266; Fax: 301 948 6213; E‐
Yelena Yesha (Yelena Yesha is a guest Researcher at NIST and a Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21228. Tel: 410 455 3542; Fax: 410 455 3969; E‐mail: The National Institute of Standards and Technology is an agency of the Technology Administration, US Department of Commerce)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 December 1995



Provides a new answer to the resource discovery problem, which arises because although the Internet makes it possible for users to retrieve enormous amounts of information, it provides insufficient support for locating the specific information that is needed. ALIBI (Adaptive Location of Internetworked Bases of Information) is a new tool that succeeds in locating information without the use of centralized resource catalogs, navigation, or costly searching. Its powerful query‐based interface eliminates the need for the user to connect to one network site after another to find information or to wrestle with overloaded centralized catalogs and archives. This functionality was made possible by an assortment of significant new algorithms and techniques, including classification‐based query routing, fully distributed cooperative caching, and a query language that combines the practicality of Boolean logic with the expressive power of text retrieval. The resulting information system is capable of providing fully automatic resource discovery and retrieval access to a limitless variety of information bases.



Flater, D. and Yesha, Y. (1995), "ALIBI: a novel approach to resource discovery", Internet Research, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 17-30.




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