Intelligent Information Management For Large Web Sites

The World Wide Web is currently growing at an exponential rate making it increasingly difficult for users to find relevant information. There will soon be over 100 million web pages on the Internet, and as we proceed towards a billion web pages on the net, search engines in their current state will likely have very limited success at helping users find relevant information. Corporate Intranets are also growing very quickly. Users that search multiple Intranets will also be having too many irrelevant results. This talk will present some of the problems and current solutions for indexing, managing, and retrieving information on large web sites. Examples of automatic indexing tools will be given and how they can be used to index content by meaning rather than just keywords. Methods for managing indexed web pages using HTML meta-tags and databases will also be discussed. Finally, new methods for personalized intelligent information delivery will be compared. Examples from real-life projects will be given.

Dr. Yuri Quintana received his Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering in 1995 from the University of Waterloo. He previously obtained his M.A.Sc. in System Design Engineering in 1990 and a Ba.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1988 also from the University of Waterloo. He is currently a professor at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include digital libraries, intelligent information retrieval, information management, and interactive learning technologies. He has previously worked at IBM Canada, Watcom Inc., and the Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo.

His research funded by the National Engineering Research Council of Canada, HealNet, a federal center of excellence in health informatics, and the private sector. He has acted as a consultant to corporations on the design of large web sites and Internet-based learning technologies.

Managing Knowledge for Corporate Success

There is growing recognition in business circles that the real value of corporations rests with their intangible assets, their knowledge or so-called Intellectual Capital. How such non-physical assets are managed and made more productive will, in future, determine corporate success. John Prior will provide an overview of current thinking in this area and point to the significant implications for IS managers. John is a past President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario, and has some 35 years broad business experience in Canada and Europe, in the areas of finance, organisation, strategy and quality management. He is publisher and editor of a quarterly executive brief entitled “Knowledge Management”.


Jan 14 1998


8:30 am - 11:30 am


Howard Johnson's Westbury Plaza, 475 Yonge Street (one block north of College)

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