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Feasibility studies of the world wide web suite as a data management tool

A feasibility study has been initiated to:
improve access to and stimulate use of marine environment (ME) data collections and related documents;
improve and simplify the maintenance of the data collections in a format and location independent manner;
to evaluate the World Wide Web (WWW) as a tool to make resources and data available worldwide. The WWW suite consists of one or more central servers and several clients located at the end users machine. An experimental server has been set up and made operational within the ME unit. Together with this server, clients have been made available on all hardware platforms. 4 data collections and their documentation have been made accessible through this server client system. The requested data is sent to the user at the click of a button in a format understood by the users computer. The data can be fed into the users personal applications, examined or printed. The requested data is translated and decompressed by the client on the users machine in the format needed. Apart from having the actual data available, the documentation on the data is also accessible through the same mechanism. The core of the WWW suite is formed by one or more servers, clients, an interconnecting network and HTTP, the WWW client server protocol. Current protocols form a small subset of this protocol. HTTP is extremely lightweight and thus has very good performance over wide area networks, such as the internet. Within the ME unit several clients from different sources have been tested and installed. Currently 5 different servers are in use.

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Joint Research Centre, Ispra
21020 Ispra
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