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PeerDoc - Peer Group Citation and Document Management

Tshivhengwa, Phathutshedzo, Siyabonga Mhlongo, Senate S Mafike and Hussein Suleman (2003) PeerDoc - Peer Group Citation and Document Management. Technical Report CS03-25-00, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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Abstract

Researchers are usually overloaded with a lot of research papers and material that they have to efficiently organised to allow fast and efficient access. Over and above this, the process that these researchers have to go through to find the research material is often very tedious, sometimes involving many hours of searching on the World Wide Web.

This report discusses a case study that was done to investigate ways that can be used to build a system for assisting individuals to organise documents in an electronic "work-bench". One of the key elements of this system is its ability to allow users to collaborate through simplifying the process of searching and downloading documents on a Local Area Network. By design this system would then eventually reduce external Internet traffic, and increase the efficiency of its users by eventually reducing the amount of time they spend on the World Wide Web locating research material.

The project was aimed at using the latest open standards as the basic building blocks for its framework. The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) was selected as the protocol that would be used for the collaboration aspect of the project.

OAI-PMH provides a low cost approach to interoperability. It is one of latest standards that are aimed at simplifying the dissemination of content.

This project was implemented in the form of components that operate independently. These components are then interfaced to form a bigger system.

This project was implemented using Java™, to allowing easy portability between operating systems.

From the project it was discovered that the success of peer-to-peer downloading software relies heavily on popularity as users are the ones sharing the information. The time that was available for this project was not enough to fully explore and establish a large user base, thus experiments involving big volumes of users could not be conducted.

The project did however, result in the construction of a functional document manager, and also established a sound framework that could be further developed for future work.

EPrint Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Document management, content dissemination, open standards, Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.3 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL
ID Code:77
Deposited By:Mafike, Senate/s
Deposited On:10 October 2003