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CONCERTO, an environment for the “intelligent’ indexing, querying and retrieval of digital documents


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We give a general overview of the European Esprit project CONCERTO. The central idea of CONCERTO is to represent the ‘meaning’ of digital documents making use of their associated ‘conceptual annotations’: a conceptual annotation is intended to supply a computer-usable description of the main information elements of the whole document or of a part of it. We evoke first the general context (‘metadata’) of CONCERTO; we describe then its architecture, and we give a concrete example, of conceptual annotation.


  • Digital Library
  • Search Pattern
  • Digital Document
  • Conceptual Annotation
  • Knowledge Representation Language

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Zarri, G.P. et al. (1999). CONCERTO, an environment for the “intelligent’ indexing, querying and retrieval of digital documents. In: Raś, Z.W., Skowron, A. (eds) Foundations of Intelligent Systems. ISMIS 1999. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1609. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg .

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