Porphyry 2001: Semantics for Scholarly Publications Retrieval

  • Aurélien Bénel
  • Sylvie Calabretto
  • Andréa Iacovella
  • Jean-Marie Pinon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2366)


We describe the design and algorithms of Porphyry 2001, a scholarly publication retrieval system. This system is intended to meet library user studies which advocate human interpretation and social interactions. The metaphors we used are annotations and publication (making public). We first discuss about different philosophical approaches to semantics and choose the more suited to scholarly work: the one considering a transitory, hypothetical and polemical knowledge construction. Then we propose an overview of Porphyry 2001: an hypertext system based on a dynamic structure of user annotations. The visualization and evolution of the structure (a dynamic directed acyclic graph) is made more efficient by the use of an ad hoc browsing algorithm.


Patron-augmented digital libraries user interfaces and visualization systems semantic nets browsing/reading/annotating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aurélien Bénel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sylvie Calabretto
    • 1
  • Andréa Iacovella
    • 2
  • Jean-Marie Pinon
    • 1
  1. 1.LISI — INSA LyonBátiment Blaise PascalVilleurbanne CEDEXFrance
  2. 2.French School of Archaeology (EFA)AthensGreece

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