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This talk given in 1995 introduced InfoHarness (research 1993, commercial product 1995 from Bellcore/Telcordia), which supported Browser (Mozilla) based faceted, attribute and keyword based search. Also introduces InfoQuilt and OBSERVER's multiple domain ontology based access to heterogeneous data sources.

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  1. 1. From Data Dirt Roads To Infocosm Invited Talk, 7th Intl. Conf. on Management of Data, Pune, India, Dec. 29, 1995. [Some parts of the talk emphasize issues and perspectives of particular interest to developing countries.] Amit Sheth Large Scale Distributed Information Systems Lab University of Georgia http://www.cs.uga.edu/LSDIS amit@cs.uga.edu Special Thanks: Vipul Kashyap, Srilekha MudumbaiInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 1
  2. 2. Outline ³ Infrastructure computing and communication to support information society in the next century ³ State-of-the-art Internet, WWW, Electronic Commerce unique opportunities due to Network Computing ³ New Challenges in Information ManagementInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  3. 3. Our Journey to the Information Society ³ Information (Data) Superhighway (aka Infobahn) material/physical object-- geography, distance* infrastructure not services or application* high cost of broadband fiber-optic networks promoted TV (not computer) as the user device computer has been found to be a better starting point promise of applications envisaged earlier have fizzled 500 channel TV, VOD and the interactive TV? What went wrong?Infocosm (Amit Sheth) * see also for related discussion: The Road Ahead, Bill Gates. 3
  4. 4. Journey and Destination ³ “The Information superhighway is an impoverished metaphor -- it describes only a means of transportation. We need a description of the destination, of the Infocosm.” [Ferguson] Glover Ferguson, Computer World, Vol. 1, Iss. 6, July 17 1995.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 4
  5. 5. Destination Infocosm a society whose members (“organisms”) can have more effective decision making capability using information that is available whenever needed, at any place, and in (m)any form(s) [Sheth 93] a world where people will work, learn and play, unconstrained by time, place and form [Ferguson 95] Sheth and Kashyap, Information Brokering- A Key Challenge in the emerging Infocosm, December 1993. Glover Ferguson, Computer World, Vol. 1, Iss. 6, July 17 1995.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 5
  6. 6. Related Themes ³ Telecosm (George Gilder) focus on communication and data need to add computing and information ³ Telepresence ³ “Information at Fingertips”*Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 6
  7. 7. Components Information Computing CommunicationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 7
  8. 8. Computing and Communication ³ The last decade belonged to computing, PC is 120B$ business. ³ Next decade will belong to communication. ³ Future computing will be networked oriented (analogy of neural nets: “the intelligence will be in the network”). We will sell and use Information, not data. X Opportunity for Developing Countries!Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 8
  9. 9. Wireless communication • Stratospheric market estimates are norms, but prior expectations have exceeded • Estimates of wireless communication devices: 224M by the year 2000, 300M by the year 2002 • Growth rate of 40-50% => economy of scale • Tremendous number of alternatives • India and developing countries will have larger share of wireless than most expectInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 9
  10. 10. Wireless Mela?Infocosm (Amit Sheth) EBB, February 1995. 10
  11. 11. Wireless communication and computing U.S. installed base (millions) 60 50 Cellular 40 Paging 30 20 10 PCS 0 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006Infocosm (Amit Sheth) EBB, February 1995 1
  12. 12. Telecommunications -- a few observation about India Madras ISDN-trials were announced for 8/95 in Madras (probably delayed?) $500 deposit (Handset) to $1550 (PBX) Internet-access announced e-mail available in several cities; WWW in the few largest ones Possible significant use of satellite 64Kbps dedicated lines are routinely used by large companies for international communication Expect big take-off for paging and for possibly cellular Privatization, while delayed, will have the biggest impactInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  13. 13. Possible Temporary SetbackInfocosm (Amit Sheth) The Economist, November 18, 1995 3
  14. 14. CYBERSPACE COMPONENTS END-USER SERVICES & APPLICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES: PUBLIC & PRIVATE/COMMERCIAL NETWORKS SOFTWARE PROTOCOLS & “STANDARDS” COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE & PROTOCOLS NODES & REPOSITORIES [ TEXT, AUDIO, IMAGE, VIDEO STRUCTURED DATABASES]Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 4
  15. 15. CYBERSPACE COMPONENTS End-User Services & Applications Infrastructure Services • Electronic Commerce •WWW • Information Commerce/ Mall •White Board, Groupware (Notes) • Digital Library • Payment / Billing / Collection • Video on demand, 500 channels • Security • Edutainment • Authentication • Virtual Corporation Communication Infrastructure •Periodic Connection;On-line Connection Software Protocols & Standards • X.25 •EDI, PDES, HTML, ... Wireless Wired • http , -telnet, r-login (paging) Copper • ftp, X.400 one way Cellular Cable two way Satellite FiberInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 5
  16. 16. Internet -- a few personal experiences ³ organizing international trip ³ e-mail exchange with a friend in Ahmedabad ³ ftp and WWW for book project management ³ use of WWW for paper distribution complete workshop management publicity for the lab (4000+ accesses per week) direction to my homeInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 6
  17. 17. Internet CommerceNet-Neilsen Survey ³ 11% (24M) use Internet in USA and Canada; 17% (37M) have access; 8% (18M) use Web ³ Use in last 24 Hours: Access the Web (72%); Send e-mail (65%); Non-interactive discussion (36%); Download Software (31%); Use Another computer (31%); Interactive Discussion (21%), Real-time audio or video (19%) ³ Average use: 5.5 hr per week!Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 7
  18. 18. winning the whole world? WWW weird, wacky, and wow! Also from CommerceNet-Neilsen survey-- Use of the Web for Browse or explore (90%) search for other information (73%) search for information on companies/organizations (60%) Search for information on products/services (55%) purchase product or services (14%; 2.5M) Web users are upscale with an annual income of more than $80K (or $50K depending on the survey).Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 8
  19. 19. Internet Multimedia Milestones Transport Multicasting World Wide Web Object technology for Web browsers:1995 Rapid adoption of 56kbit/s Mbone backbone supports Hot Java access by small businesses limited multicasting Open Doc and branch offices via OLE ISDN, frame relay and VRML leased lines1996 ATM backbone deployment Real-time audio and video Enhanced real-time Internet products ship: by Internet service providers servers based on 24-bit Color CU-SeeMe Regional Bell operating companies pseudo-multicasting FM Real Audio Player bundle ISDN and Internet access Internet Phone, Netphone for small business market Multimedia Netscape Navigator1997 Projected ISDN installed base : 1.6 million lines (U.S.) Widespread adoption of Widespread use of Web-centric 7.68 million lines (global) real-time Internet tools for Projected installed IP next generation protocol base of V.34 modems : entertainment, distance learning, with support for and conferencing 5.4 million (global) Telcos bundle ISDN and Internet broadcasting access for home marketInfocosm (Amit Sheth) OEM Magazine September 1995 9
  20. 20. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 1
  21. 21. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  22. 22. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 3
  23. 23. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) Wired Oct. 1995 4
  24. 24. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) Netguide June 1996 5
  25. 25. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) Web Week December 1995 6
  26. 26. WWW: Conquereing the Business World Example of use in a Workflow Application Healthcare Info Infra. Tech. project: UGA and CHREF Generates: • alerts to identify CLINICAL SUBSYSTEM patient’s needs. • contraindications to Reminders to parents caution providers.Health providers can obtain up-to-dateclinical and eligibility information CT Reports to stateHospitals and clinics updatecentral databases afterencounters Health agencies can Hospitals and SDOH and use reports generated case workers CHREF to track can reach population’s needs maintain out to the databases, State and HMO’s population HMOs can keep track can update support EDI patient’s eligibility TRACKING SUBSYSTEM of performance transactions dataInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 7
  27. 27. Web Browsers: Conquereing the Business World Example of use in a Workflow Application Interface for a Physician List of Overdue Vaccinations Link to contraindication information obtained from the Internet Clinical AspectsInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 8
  28. 28. Electronic commerce -- statistics Year # of Companies Sales on the on the WWW Internet 1994 29,000 100K 500 1995 152,000 75,000K Financial 400 services 1996 553,000K 300 (projected) Publishing 200 Table: NBC News 100 Chart: The Economists LawInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 90 91 92 93 94 95 9
  29. 29. Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 10
  30. 30. Saturn Corp. Fidelity Investments (Automaker http://www.saturncars.com) ( $14 billion mutual funds investor http://www.fid-inv.com )Traffic :84,000 people a month reading 27,000 pages Vision: Use web as new distribution and sales channelVision :Use web to build image as innovative What you can do: Review and select 160 mutual company; build customer relationships funds, plan college and retirement savings ,downloadWhat you can do: View 1996 models , find a software demo, participate in survey and “Guess Theretailer, read Saturn magazine, order brochure, Dow” contestlocate and write other owners via bulletin board Payoffs: Undisclosed savings in mailing, handling & printing from electronically delivered prospectuses. Payoff: 25% of brochures requested via WebW. W. Grainger, Inc. ($3 billion wholesaler and distributor http://www.grainger.com/index.html)Traffic: 3,000 pages downloaded weeklyVision: Create low-cost way to expand sales reach; lower acquisition costs for customersWhat you can do: Search product databases, review new products, locate branches worldwide,send E-mail, order catalogPayoff: Detailed customer demographics and feedback helps set directionInfocosm (Amit Sheth) COMPUTERWORLD November 20, 1995 1
  31. 31. World PC aka Information Appliance aka Browser Boy ³ 500$-700$ PC supporting network computing no hard disk ³ $50 LSI Logic “superchip” that incorporates a microprocessor, memory, high speed modem and audio and video processor Java and Servers complete the computing paradigm Can reach much larger population many more would have $500 disposable compared to $2000 more appealing to less technical userInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  32. 32. Java ³ New programming language (subset of C++) especially suitable to run on network (from Sun) ³ Applets (small efficient program) delivered on network ³ Microsoft licensed it (a first for Microsoft), IBM too ³ Already hundreds of applications, including spreadsheets, wordprocessors and gamesInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 3
  33. 33. Java •Java: C++ minus : Browser Network Server Typedefs, Preprocessor, ... Functions, Multiple Inheritance User asks Opeartor Overloading, Pointers for object request Plus: Multithreading, ... • Server Site: Object Java Souce Compiler Byte Codes Browser Time reply • Client Site: doesn’t understand request Java Class Loader Byte Code verifier object type code to Run-time Interpreter support object Object reply DisplayedInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 4
  34. 34. Browser Boy vs Bill Gates* Java The Economist, Oct. 14, 1995. * Richard Shaffer, Forbes, December 4, 1995.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 5
  35. 35. Network computing-- the Equalizer Impact on marketing ³ Marketing a software product will no longer involve the huge investment; WWW provides level playing field-- (almost) as easy to have the presence on the Web for a small company; level playing field in delivery, sales, paymentInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 6
  36. 36. An opportunity for Developing Countries ³ New Communication Infrastructure Alternatives potential for fast catch-up ³ New Computing Paradigm leading to diminishing importance of geographic separation and distance new marketing, sales, support alternatives new ways to interact with clients and customers new ways to develop software, new software marketplace ³ New commodity to sell-- informationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 7
  37. 37. Focus on information ³ Exponential growth in the capability of computing (Moore’s law) and communication bandwidth is well documented. ³ Our ability to represent information and knowledge: from numbers and letters to objects and relationships, from syntax to semantics, from transactions to workflows, from data to information, ... has received less attention, is harder to address, and has lagged.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 8
  38. 38. Data vs Information Data Information Set of facts Application of facts and knowledge of “when” to use facts Data Measurements about the real world Derivation from facts using cognitive obtained from human/machine sensors and perceptual processes Interoperability ==> transformation across Interoperability => transformation of different forms, representations and query knowledge to make it suitable for languages application of different facts in a different environment Data + Knowledge about Meaning of data = Information + Knowledge of when to apply it Information can be used for decision making based on dataInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 9
  39. 39. Technical Challenges in Global Information Systems Difficulties in information access: cosmic Easter egg hunt problem-- hard to locate and access pertinent problem information; write-only database problem -- easy to create, hard to maintain Scale: needle in the haystack problem vast amount of information; large number of autonomous sites Heterogeneity: tower of Babel problem Information represented in different ways Query expressiveness: the Pidgin problem query language not expressive enough to specify the user’s interest Information Overload: too much junk (less relevant) information on the networkInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 10
  40. 40. Some approaches .... User centered approach: menu-based browsing hypertext browsing Syntactic/structural approach: information retrieval, indexing techniques name and attribute-based search, pattern matching Descriptive (symbolic) semantics-based approach making design assumptions explicit capturing the semantics of the query Cognitive (sub-symbolic) semantics-based approach Pattern/Speech Recognition Algorithms Neural NetworksInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 1
  41. 41. Challenges with current techniques for Information Resource Discovery Unattractiveness of Navigation and Browsing: tend to give up if the number of links are more than 3 or 4 need to annotate links with contextual information in order to help reduce the “link- chasing” Scalability problems in Indexing information: cannot index all the information on the internet !! difficult to index heterogeneous but related information combining results obtained by using independent/ different indices Hard to maintain pre-determined relationships: file update might make some hyper-links meaningless !! hierarchical organizations might prove expensive to search if user specified criteria for search is different from criteria of organizationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  42. 42. Infocosm via InfoHarness and InfoQuilt ³ InfoHarness access, scale, heterogeneity ³ InfoQuilt query expressiveness, semantics correlation of heterogeneous media InfoHarness is a trademark of Bellcore. Adapt/X Harness is a commercial product based on the InfoHarness system (see http://www.bellcore.com/features/index.html).Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 3
  43. 43. InfoHarness: Business Need Example A Software Business House Req., Design, .... Where ? Source code Documents How to access ? ( C functions ), (Framemaker) man pages ( Unix files ) Figures Third party tools ( postscript files )Infocosm (Amit Sheth) * Leon Shklar, Satish Thatte 4
  44. 44. InfoHarness: Business Need Example A Software Business House* Req., Design, .... Source code Documents Now I know ... ( C functions ), (Framemaker) man pages ( Unix files ) Figures Third party tools - Uniform access ( postscript files ) - Integrated view of heterogeneous information InfoHarnessInfocosm (Amit Sheth) * Leon Shklar, Satish Thatte 5
  45. 45. InfoHarness Dealing with Data Heterogeneity: Use of Domain Independent Metadata 1. Information Unit 1.1 Type Text file 1.2 Location (or its portion), bitmap, email 1.3 Other Attributes message, manpage, directory of 2. List of Collections that man pages include this IHO Physical Data •Logical structuring of information space without restructuring, reformatting or relocating •Accessing information via logical units •Utilizing third party indexing tools to search for informationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 6
  46. 46. Keyword-based AccessResults of the WAIS QUERY Let’s Look at the 2nd article.
  47. 47. We can use keywords to querythe WAIS collection, but we cannot provide the semantics “author”with the keyword “kilpatrick” Kilpatrick is not the author! He is referenced.
  48. 48. Attribute-based AccessAn attribute-basedaccess method allowsthe specification ofsemantics like “author”and “date”. The typedattribute “date” allowsdata access notsupportedby keyword basedmethods
  49. 49. The results will onlycontain those articlesauthored by Kilpatrickthat were posted afterJuly 1, 1995.Keyword-based and Attribute-based access are complementary
  50. 50. InfoHarness Project: Scalability Query Result Query Processor Combining Partial Results Partition 2 M.O. Partition n M.O Partition 1 Metadata Object Attribute Index Index Index Index Index Metadata 11 12 21 n1 n2 Partition 1 Partition 2 Partition n (Database of (Database of .... (Database of objects Textual object) Textual object) with Textual and Image Components) http://www.cs.uga.edu/LSDIS/infoharnessInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 1
  51. 51. INFORMATION COMMERCE A proposed Architecture INFORMATION CONSUMERS I nf o r I n f o r m a t i Io n f o r m a t i o n n ma t i o R e q u e st . . R e q u e st . n Re q u e st Ontologies/ INFORMATION BROKERING User Models I n f o r m a t iI o n o r m a .t i I.onnf o r m a t i o n nf Sy st e m IS 1Sy st e m IS 2 Sy st e m IS mInfocosm (Amit Sheth) INFORMATION PROVIDERS 2
  52. 52. An a t o m y of I n f o r ma t i o n Br o k e r i n g T a sk s³I n f o r ma t i o n R e so u r c e Di sc o v e r y i d e nt i f i c a t i o n o f t h e i n f o r ma t i o n so u r c e s r e l e v a n t t o a g i ve n qu e r y or i n f o r ma t i o n n e e d³Qu e r y P r o c e ssi n g I n f o r ma t i o n F o c u si n g i d e nt i f i c a t i o n o f t h e su b se t o f i n f o r ma t i o n i n a g i v e n i n f o r ma t i o n so u r c e r e l e v a nt t o a g i ve n qu e r y I n f o r ma t i o n Co r r e l a t i o n c o mb i n i n g t h e r e l e v a ntInfocosm (Amit Sheth)n f o r m a t i o n i f r o m d i f f e r e nt 3
  53. 53. Challenges in Information BrokeringNe w Ch a l l e n g e s a n d R e se a r c h Di r e c t i o n s³ Se m a n t i c s- - k e y t o i n f o r ma t i o n wh a t d o y o u wa n t ? wh a t i s a va i l a b l e ? R e l a t i o n sh i p b e t we e n st r u c t u r e a n d se m a n t i c s Co n t e x t , c o nt e x t , c o nt e x t Un c e r t a i n t y , pa r t i a lInfocosm (Amit Sheth) o r m a t i o n , i nf i n c o n si st e n c y 4
  54. 54. Se m a n t i c s ? W a t ? W e r e h h ? what is semantics ? Where is semantics ? + relationships Vocabulary Ontology (domain specific) Content-descriptive (domain specific metadata) Content Metadata content-based (indices) (abstract structure) Structure content-independent DataInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 5
  55. 55. CO NT E XTQu e r y t o W i t e h Ho u se se r v e r a sk i n g f or d o c u me n t s o n “ I nd i a ” .2 562 9 O f f i c e - o f - Navajo-and-Hopi-Indian- R e l o c a t i o n2 5654 Na t i o n a l - Co m m i ssi o n - o n - American-Indian, - Al a sk a - Na t i v e , - a n d - Na t i v e - Ha wi i a n - Ho u si n g2 566 8 I n st i t u t e - o f - American-Indian- a n d - Al a sk a - Na t i v e - Cu l t u r e - a n d - Ar t s- De v e l o p m e n t1 4 8 62 6 National-Indian- Ga m i n g - Co m m i ssi o n1 4 8 63 2 B u r e a u - o f - Indian-Affairs1 53 62 2 P u b l i c - a n d - Indian-Housing- P r o g r a m s1 58 9 3 0 Indian-Health-Services1 3320 6 1 9 9 4 - 0 4 - 2 9 - B a b b i t t - a n d - De e r - B r i e f i n g - o n - Indian-Affairs1 3330 5 1 9 9 4 - 0 4 - 2 9 - P r e si d e n t - i n - M e e t i n g - wi t h - Indian-Tribal- L e a d e r s30 8 37 1 9 9 4 - 0 5- 1 9 - P r e si d e n t - a n d - India-PM-RAO- i n - P r e ss- Av a i l a b i l i t y30 9 25 1 9 9 4 - 0 5- 1 1 - P r e si d e n t - Na m e s- F r a n k - W sn e r - a s- Ambassador-to-India i8 1 9 60 1 9 9 4 - 0 8 - 0 2 - E i g h t - Na m e d - Na t i o n a l - Ad v i so r s- o n - Indian-Education8 1 9 62 1 9 9 4 - 0 8 - 0 3 - F o u r - o n - Am e r i c a n - Indian-Infocosm (Amit Sheth) v e l o p m e n t - B o a r d Culture- De 61 7 9 39 5 Aid t I di 10 01 93
  56. 56. E na b l i ng I n f o c o sm InfoQuilt Project: Using metadata PatchQuilt and user models/ontologies to support information requests over globally distributed heterogeneous media repositoriesInfocosm (Amit Sheth) h ttp ://w w w .c s .u g a.e d u /LS DIS /in fo q u ilt 7
  57. 57. I n f o Qu i l t Semantic Relationships between Metadata Qu e r y : Ge t m e r e g i o ns ( b l o c k s, c o u n t i e s) h a v i ng a population g r e a t e r t h a n 50 0 a n d area g r e a t e r t h a n 50 sq f e e t h a v i n g a n u r b a n land c o v e r a n d mo d e r a t e relief qu e r y r e p r e se n t s se m a n t i c r e l a t i o n sh i p s b e t we e n t h eInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 8 me t a d a t a :
  58. 58. I n f o Qu i l t Extraction of Domain Specific Metadata Population: Area: SQL Queries return blocks, Land Cover: IP functions compute regions counties Relief: Land cover, Relief Correlation SQL queries return blocks with Land SQL Queries return cover, relief boundaries of blocks, counties St r u c t u r e d I ma g e Da t a St r u c t u r e d Da t a US Ce n su s Da t a L a n d Co v e r Bu r e a u T I GE R / L i n e El e v a t i o n Correlation of blocks satisfying various constraints in different databases!!Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 9
  59. 59. I n f o Qu i l t : Mu l t i me d i a Co r r e l a t i onInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 1 0
  60. 60. InfoQuilt: Multimedia CorrelationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 1
  61. 61. InfoQuilt/OBSERVER: Vocabulary SharingOntology-Based System Enhancedwith Relationships forVocabulary hEterogeneity ResolutionInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 2
  62. 62. InfoQuiltUsing descriptive and content-based metadata approach •Top-down processing: Domain - Capture the context of user query Ontology - Construct and display ontologies for specific domains Query Context • Bottom-up processing: COMPARE - Extract metadata from information source - Generate mappings between metadata Information and information Resource - Construct information resource context Context from the metadata MetadataInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 3
  63. 63. A Message ³ Emerging network computing and increasing importance of communication and the available alternatives are tearing up traditional geographical and market boundaries, and giving once-in-a-life-time opportunity for the developing countries to catch-up ³ Use information to be happy; know how to supply information to be wealthy ³ But make no mistake-- data is not informationInfocosm (Amit Sheth) 4
  64. 64. Memorable and Interesting Quotes“By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibratingthousand of miles in a breathless point of time. The round globe is a vast ... brain,instinct with intelligence!” [AI Gore’s Quotation of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851]Zooming is when you overcome your fears and trust the universe to make things right.You fly and float and hum and weave and sing. Opportunity knocks. Hello! I likeplaying with people who zoom. Win-win deals all the time. It’s cooool ..... On reallycool days I zoom. On reallllllly cooooooooool days I zooooooooom. [Dave Winer <dwiner@well.com>, DaveNet, 9/22/95]Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 5
  65. 65. About the Speaker Dr. Amit Sheth directs the Large Scale Distributed Information Systems (LSDIS) Lab, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Georgia, and an Adj. Assoc. Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Earlier he worked for nine years in the R&D labs at Bellcore, Unisys, and Honeywell. His primary current research interests include workflow automation (project METEOR), management of heterogeneous digital data and semantic issues in global information systems (projects InfoHarness and InfoQuilt), and electronic/information commerce. Prof. Sheth has led projects on heterogeneous DBMS, factory information system, integration of AI- database systems (project/system BrAID), transactional workflows (PROMPT and METEOR), federated database tools (BERDI and TAILOR), multidatabase consistency, and data quality(Q-Data). LSDIS lab (http://www.cs.uga.edu/LSDIS) maintains active collaboration with industry, and has won significant funded projects in the areas of interoperable and global information system. Prof. Sheth has published over 80 papers in the areas of federated databases, workflow management, multidatabase consistency, metadata and information modeling, and data consistency and semantics. He has participated in over 30 program/organiz- ation committees for conferences , given over 45 invited and colloquia talks and 14 tutorials, and lead two international conferences and a workshop as a General/Program (Co-)Chair. Currently he is a General (Co-)Chair of the Intl. Conference on Cooperative Information Systems, the Program Chair of the NSF Workshop on Workflow and Process Automation, and is on the editorial board of five journals. He has also served twice as an ACM Lecturer.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 6
  66. 66. Partial Bibliography Besides the articles referred in the presentation, there is considerable information in popular and technical literature on the topics of information superhighway, metadata, electronic commerce and related topics. I suggest using any of the existing Web tools for a search (for example, most Internet-tools will return more than one hundred URLs for any of these topics). Because the list is too large, below is a partial list of research publications with which the speaker has been associated. These and other LSDIS publications can be obtained from http://www.cs.uga.edu/LSDIS. A. Sheth and L. Kalinechenko, "Information Modeling in Multidatabase Systems: Beyond Data Modeling" (invited paper) Proc of the 1st International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Baltimore, November 1992. A. Sheth and V. Kashyap, "So Far (Schematically) yet So Near (Semantically)" (invited paper) Proc of the DS-5 Semantics of Interoperable Database Systems, Lorne, Australia, November 1992; In IFIP Transactions A-25, North-Holland, 1993. V. Kashyap and A. Sheth, "Semantics-based Information Brokering: A step towards realizing Infocosm", Technical Report DCS-TR-307, Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University, March 1994 (Position Paper, December 1993). V. Kashyap and A. Sheth, "Semantic based Information Brokering" Proceedings of the 3rd Intl. Conf. on Information and Knowledge Systems, November 1994. W. Klas and A. Sheth, Eds., "Metadata for Digital Media", Special issue of SIGMOD Record, December 1994. L. Shklar, A. Sheth, V. Kashyap, and K. Shah, "InfoHarness: Use of Automatically Generated Metadata for Search and Retrieval of Heterogeneous Information" Proceedings of CAiSE-95, June 1995. V. Kashyap and A. Sheth, "Schematic and Semantic Semilarities between Database Objects: A Context-based Approach" to appear in the VLDB Journal. V. Kashyap, K. Shah, and A. Sheth, "Metadata for building the MultiMedia Patch Quilt" (to appear in) Multimedia Database Systems: Issues and Research Directions, S. Jajodia and V.S.Subrahmaniun, Eds., Springer-Verlag, 1995. A. Sheth, V. Kashyap and W. LeBlanc, “Attribute-based Access of Heterogeneous Digital Data,” Proceedings of the Workshop on Providing Web Access to Legacy Data, the 4th International World Wide Web Conference, December 1995. A. Sheth, "Data Semantics: What, Where and How?" to appear in Database Application Semantics, Proceedings of the 6th IFIP Working Conference on Data Semantics (DS-6), R. Meersman and L. Mark (Eds.), Chapman abd Hall, London, UK, 1996.Infocosm (Amit Sheth) 7

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