Waypoint: An integrated search and retrieval system for engineering documents

C McMahon, A Lowe, S Culley, M Corderoy, R Crossland, T Shah, D Stewart

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This paper describes the architecture and technical capabilities of an integrated engineering information search and retrieval system. The system is designed with a flexible architecture that allows it to be incorporated in other software systems and also to itself incorporate a variety of different software components. It provides uniform access to multiple heterogeneous information collections and an integrated access mechanism allowing both keyword searching and browsing of classification schemes interchangeably in a single information access session. Browsing using the system is based on a faceted classification approach in which continual feedback is given to the user on how the results of a search task may be refined, by updating browsable classifications to reflect previous user selections. The classification scheme is populated using an automatic constraint-based classifier: The article describes the rationale behind the choice of the system architecture and the incorporated technologies, and also describes three examples developed using the system.
LanguageEnglish
Pages329-338
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2004

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Waypoint: An integrated search and retrieval system for engineering documents. / McMahon, C; Lowe, A; Culley, S; Corderoy, M; Crossland, R; Shah, T; Stewart, D.

In: Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2004, p. 329-338.

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McMahon, C ; Lowe, A ; Culley, S ; Corderoy, M ; Crossland, R ; Shah, T ; Stewart, D. / Waypoint: An integrated search and retrieval system for engineering documents. In: Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. 2004 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 329-338.
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