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The purpose of this research project Structured Data Types into Internet-scaleInformation Systems to Utilize the Internet as an Effective Business Tool is to better understand the Internet and actual applications Enormous amounts of composite information have been accumulated within corporations government organizations and universities Such information continues to grow at ever-increasing rate It ranges from software artifacts to engineering and financial databases and comes in different types eg source code e-mail messages bitmaps and representations eg plain text binary This information has to be accessed through a variety of vendor tools and locally developed applications It is becoming increasingly easier to create new information due to the generation of sophisticated commercial authoring and office automation software It is also becoming easier and cheaper to provide access to this information due to the increasingly pervasive and more robust data communication technology However the knowledge about the existence and location of information as well as the means of its retrieval have become bewildering and confusing to many users Managing the increasingly large volume of information on computer networks is rapidly becoming an important problem in computing The Internet the largest wide-area computer network is growing exponentially in terms of hosts users and traffic The Internet backbone carried 14 Terabytes of data in March 1994 about half of that was due to information services such as FTP Gopher and WWW It is clear that a large supply and demand of information existsStatement of the ProblemThe form in which information is dispersed on the Internet leaves much to be desired Most information has some sort of semantic structure to it It could be a text broken up into chapters and paragraphs a bus schedule showing routes and times a city map displaying streets and elevations or a complex medical database But while Internet information systems may be able to transmit the data involved with these pieces of information they give little assistance in telling how the data is structuredThe
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