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The goal of the DataWeb Project is to facilitate the querying and browsing of multimedia databases over a wide spectrum of networks and media. The explosive use of the World Wide Web has made it possible for organizations to make data available to an ever-widening audience for an ever-growing spectrum of uses. However, the Web has also altered the requirements for querying, and these new requirements must be addressed before the potential of Web-based applications can be fulfilled. As part of the DataWeb project, we have developed an intelligent query facility that builds on the access paradigms supported by current hypertext-style Web applications and on decision support systems. This facility generalizes the basic navigation and abstraction mechanisms of these applications to be both extensible and scalable. Enabling users with minimal familiarity of the database contents to easily locate data of interest, this query facility forms the multimedia querying mechanism for a database publishing testbed. The testbed is operational and provides access to data of the Greek National Tourist Organization, including online brochures, slides, video clips and other travel related information.

J. H. Williams, R. J. Miller and O. G. Tsatalos, "DataWeb: Customizable Database Publishing for the Web," in IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 4, no. , pp. 14-21, 1997.
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