Kim H. Veltman

Six Steps in the Development of SUMS

Unpublished, Toronto, 1996

0. Introduction
1. Preliminary prototype with basic examples in one subject: education
2. Prototype with detailed example on one topic of education: mathematics
3. Integration of detailed examples on various topics
4. Coordinate with individual content providers
5. Integration of Static and Dynamic Knowledge
6. Universal Reference Data Base of Names, Subjects and Places
7. Conclusions

0. Introduction

The vision is simple: to have the ability to search for information and knowledge in libraries, museums, archives and other repositories throughout the world systematically so that one can organize, archive, retrieve, re-arrange, re-structure materials at will. This will include both static knowledge (the corpus of traditional facts stored in libraries, universities and academies) and dynamic information (ever changing data in new fields such as satellite photography, weather, news, stock markets etc.). The System for Universal Media Searching (SUMS) offers a first prototype of such a tool. At present it effectively functions as if one had a number of bookmarks and organized these systematically. This preliminary version has a number of limitations. It uses only two subjects (Leonardo and perspective). It is largely hard-wired. It cannot do automatic searching. It applies only to static knowledge. This paper outlines a series of seven steps or stages which will take this software from a hard wired prototype to a fully operational, multi-valent product that is largely automatic in its search strategems.

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