ERIC Number: ED345686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
The User Interface: A Hypertext Model Linking Art Objects and Related Information.
This report presents a model combining the emerging technologies of hypertext and expert systems. Hypertext is relatively unexplored but promises an innovative approach to information retrieval. In contrast, expert systems have been used experimentally in many different application areas ranging from medical diagnosis to oil exploration. The information sources used in this model are limited to databases of images (object surrogates and maps), object descriptions, document surrogates (abstracts, references, excerpts), genealogical trees, and time lines of historical events. In addition to hypertext the model uses an expert system shell to generate new information from data entered at a terminal or imported from a database. Sample uses of the prototype based on the model are studied to determine the range of activities that can be performed. Apple's HyperCard and Cognition Technology's MacSMARTS are used with a knowledge base created by the author limited to Arab numismatics. Numismatists work with coins and coin surrogates. These objects contain information that is significant in isolation but is even more important when aggregated. Further, a wealth of information related to each coin ranging from historical references to analyses by art historians needs to be linked to the specific objects. The prototype developed from the model is used to show how hypertext facilitated the resolution of some specific information needs. (16 references) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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