Keywords graphical interfaces, knowledge-based information systems management
Start Date: 01-OCT-90 / Duration: 12 months
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End-users are overloaded by major problems arising from differences in the tools, interfaces and languages (often alien to their natural way of thinking) that have to be used for querying databases and retrieving information. The availability of a uniform graphic interface for different physical data structures and their products would be a great help.
The KIM action aimed to develop a limited but demonstrable prototype of the KIM query environment, able to be installed on existing databases (managed by commercial products) and to:
The prototype had the primary purpose of demonstrating the general validity of the concept, and of identifying the most effective refinements for several specific business environments.
The KIM query environment is based on and complies with international standards such as Unix, OSI, X-Window and OSF. It interacts with a database that is among the most consolidated products available. It should be emphasised that, according to the more general objectives of the KIM environment, the prototype is designed in order to enable its subsequent evolution towards the complete knowledge-based integration of distributed heterogeneous environments, based on different tools managing multimedia data.
KIM is complementary to Project 2466, KWICK, which addressed the problems associated with access to a range of different information and knowledge resources, computational resources and support services. The work carried out in KIM will be exploited and continued in project 6398, VENUS.
Dr Fabrisio Massimo Ferrara
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KIM - 5638, December 1993
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