Re: It's a dessert topping, it's a floor wax!
Jill Foster <Jill.Foster@newcastle.ac.uk> Thu, 06 April 1995 18:00 UTC
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From: Jill Foster <Jill.Foster@newcastle.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: It's a dessert topping, it's a floor wax!
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Reply-To: Jill Foster <Jill.Foster@newcastle.ac.uk>
Well g'day to you too, Peter! Continuing along the lines of "let's not get into this debate......" As Peter says - we have a growing constituency of low speed link users. Not just those in Eastern Europe and other "technologically emerging" countries (we've been training folk from these countries in the ISOC Workshops) - but in the UK and North America - with the small colleges connecting up via slow speed links, schools getting connected, myself and others over dialup IP from home, etc etc. What I'd *really* like to see is some effort going into the NIR tools to have negotiation between the client and server on bandwidth usage/compression. The user needs to be able to say: I'm at home now - please use compression to send that picture to me. (There are lots of other associated features too.) The next thing I'd like to see is a move away from the 'stateless' protocols to something on which we can build sessions such as interactive tutorials that change as a result of user input. (We have the elements of this on the horizon in some of the HTML3 and URL discussions.) Finally - to get back to the purpose of this list (to notify new developments in NIR tools or Groups) - I just saw a demo of INGRID. This is a Self configuring Information Grid which allows searching and browsing. Paul Francis and a research group from NTT Japan have an alpha release of the system and are keen to get feedback on it. The idea is that information resources are linked to other info resources that are similar to them (using a small number of keywords applied to each resource). These form clusters of related resources. Some nice ideas. Not sure how scalable it is - but if you're interested - take a look at the full paper: http://www.ntt.jp/ntt/soft-labs/ingrid/overview.html Cheers -- Jill