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Shark – a System for Management, Synchronization and Exchange of Knowledge in Mobile User Groups

Paper, was published by Thomas Schwotzer and Kurt Geihs at 2002-06-28

This paper introduces Shark which organizes knowledge with help of Topic Maps.

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New wireless protocols like W-LAN and Bluetooth allow establishing spontaneous networks and peer-to-peer exchange of information. At the same time standards like Semantic Web and Topic Maps gain acceptance that add semantics to information. This paper introduces Shark. Shark is an acronym and stands for “Mobile Shared Knowledge”. Shark organizes knowledge with help of Topic Maps, synchronizes knowledge inside closed user groups but also enables a peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge by means of Bluetooth. This paper gives an overview of the system and its communication protocols.


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