InfoHarness and VisualHarness
Enormous amounts of heterogeneous information have been accumulated within organizations. It has become quite easy to create new information, but the knowledge about the existence, location, and means of retrieval of information has become confusing and is a significant deterrent to effective utilization of available data. The InfoHarness system is aimed at providing rapid access to huge amounts of heterogeneous information from the World-Wide Web browsers, without reformatting, restructuring, or relocating heterogeneous data. Thus InfoHarness provides uniform access to files and textual/semi-structured data of a very large variety (e.g., newsgroups, MS-WORD, Frame, postscripts, source code, AP news, etc.). The data may be stored in a repository or is accessible on-line (e.g., NNTP server).
Some of the research in this project was commercialized as the AdaptX Harness platform, system and related services from Bellcore (Bell Communications Research Inc.) InfoHarness is a trademark of Bellcore.
Capabilities of the InfoHarness System
One private industry funded (hence unpublished) extension of the InfoHarness system has been to provide Web-based browsing, querying and logical restructuring of data stored in relational databases, in addition to the access to heterogeneous textual data sources.
The VisualHarness system adds ability to access image data repositories to the InfoHarness system. It consists of extending the InfoHarness system with ZEBRA image access systems. The ZEBRA system demonstrates three features.
This is a Java-based version of the ZEBRA system with our own server (replacing Bellcore's InfoHarness server).
Research on InfoHarness and VsualHarness at the LSDIS has been funded in part by the Massive Digital Data Systems initiative as part of the project InfoHarness: A System for Scalable Search of Heterogeneous Information
The InfoHarness team members include Yana Kane-Esrig (Bellcore), Vipul Kashyap, William Leblanc, Srilekha Mudumbai, Kshitij Shah, Amit Sheth (PI), Leon Shklar (Bellcore), and Satish Thatte (Proj. Mgr., Bellcore). Haym Hirsh (Rutgers University) was a consultant for the project.
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