USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - USENIX Annual
Conference, Freenix Session - June 2000
Open Information Pools
Johan Pouwelse, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
On the WWW it is not possible to supplement existing web pages of other
people with new information or a link to that information, because the
WWW does not have a standard method for write access. With write access,
information can be added in the right context, which eases searching. We
therefore define Open Information Pools: a collection of WWW based
databases with public write access. By using databases we add structure
to the information. Each database deals with a specific topic. We
developed an architecture to support Open Information Pools. Important
elements in the architecture are the rating and moderation tools. With
these tools the user group is able to maintain and update the database
and also to prevent errors and abuse.
We conducted measurements on operational rating and moderation tools to
show the validity of our idea. The study of Slashdot.org's rating and
moderation tools shows that insightful information is recognised after
only 37 minutes. We implemented a prototype of a true Open Information
Pool containing music information. This database contains biographies,
audio CD descriptions, audio CD cover pictures, lyrics of the songs with
timing information, and MIDI files. We developed several tools to
create, insert and search this database.
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