|Original research objectives
POR.COM conducted a trial to prove the concept of utilizing intelligent information access and filtering (IIAF), including the use of agents. The trial is intended to show how IIAF can:
- Improve access to Port of Rotterdam information concerning Shipping, Shippers, Support Companies, Logistics, services, products and SME's.
- Enhance the competitiveness of a large number of companies operating from the Port of Rotterdam.
- Improve employment prospects for the large number of workers who depend on the Port.
- Provide a valuable aid to knowledge workers in the Shipping Industry.
The business communities are characterized by a large diversity of sources and participants. One of the key activities in the project will deal with retrieving information from legacy systems and providing access to the information.
- To prove the concept of using Intelligent Information Access and Filtering (IIAF) technology to unite knowledge sources from a large group of related trades and companies for intelligent enquiry concerning Shipping, Logistics, Freight Handling and Port Services.
- To adapt proven IIAF technology (Autonomy) to work with multi-provider information sources, multi-company knowledge bases, multi-standards, and multiple language media sources including text and graphics with associated meta-data.
- To develop User Interface solutions for remote usage of IIAF technology by novice users.
- To involve a large set of Rotterdam companies in a trial to prove the concept and engage them in a rollout plan for future exploitation of IIAF for business benefit.