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SDLIP + STARTS = SDARTS: A Protocol and Toolkit for Metasearching.

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This paper describes how SDLIP and STARTS, two complementary protocols for searching over distributed document collections, were combined. The resulting protocol, called SDARTS, is simple yet expressible enough to enable building sophisticated metasearch engines. SDARTS can be viewed as an instantiation of SDLIP with metasearch-specific elements from STARTS. The paper also reports on the experience of building three SDARTS-compliant wrappers: for locally available plain-text document collections, for locally available XML document collections, and for external Web-accessible collections. These wrappers were developed to be easily customizable for new collections. This work was developed as part of Columbia University's Digital Libraries Initiative-Phase 2 (DLI2) project, which involves the departments of Computer Science, Medical Informatics, and Electrical Engineering, the Columbia University libraries, and a large number of industrial partners. The main goal of the project is to provide personalized access to a distributed patient-care digital library. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/AEF)

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Author:Green, Noah; Ipeirotis, Panagiotis G.; Gravano, Luis
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jun 1, 2001
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