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The global intelligent file system framework. / Joanna Gooch

Swansea University Author: Joanna Gooch

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"Since its inception the Internet has grown rapidly in both size and importance in our everyday lives. The Internet today is the preliminary model of what is commonly called the global information infrastructure. However, at the moment this "infrastructure" is considered to be an addi...

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Published: 2006
Institution: Swansea University
Degree level: Doctoral
Degree name: Ph.D
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa42337
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Abstract: "Since its inception the Internet has grown rapidly in both size and importance in our everyday lives. The Internet today is the preliminary model of what is commonly called the global information infrastructure. However, at the moment this "infrastructure" is considered to be an addition to our computer, and is not an integrated part of a file system which is essentially a "local information infrastructure" of a computer. Advancements in the sizes of disks in computers, network bandwidth and the types of media available mean users now keep large amounts of files in their personal data storage spaces, with little or no additional support for the organisation, searching or sharing of this data. The hierarchical model of file system storage is no longer the most effective way of organising and categorising files and information. Relying largely on the user, rather than the computer, being efficient and organised its inflexible nature renders it unsuitable for the meaningful coordination of an increasing bulk of divergent file types that users deal with on a daily basis. The work presented in this thesis describes a new paradigm for file storage, management and retrieval. Providing globally integrated document emplacement and administration, the GIFS (Global Intelligent File System) framework offers the necessary architecture for transparently directing the storage, access, sharing, manipulation, and security of files across interconnected computers. To address the discrepancy between user actions and computer actions, GIFS provides each user with a "Virtual Secretary" to reduce the cognitive workload and remove the time-consuming task of information organisation from the user. The Secretary is supported by a knowledge base and a collection of intelligent agents, which are programs that manage and process the data collected, and work behind the scenes aiding gradual proliferation of knowledge. The Virtual Secretary is responsible for providing fast and accurate assistance to aid users who wish to create, store, retrieve, share, secure and collaborate on their files. Through both system prototyping and performance simulation it is demonstrated that it is desirable as well as feasible to deploy a knowledge base in supporting an intelligent user interface that acts like a human assistant who handles paperwork, looks after filing, security and so on. This work provides the contribution of a new framework and architecture to the field of files systems and document management as well as focusing on reducing the burden placed upon users through everyday usage of computer systems. Such a framework has the potential to be evolved into a highly intelligent assistant to a user over a period of service and the introduction of additional agents, and provides the basis for advancements in file system and organisational technologies."
Keywords: Computer science.
College: College of Science