Wide Area Information Servers

Wide Area Information Servers

(networking, information science)
(WAIS) A distributed information retrieval system. WAIS is supported by Apple Computer, Thinking Machines and Dow Jones. Clients are able to retrieve documents using keywords. The search returns a list of documents, ranked according to the frequency of occurrence of the keyword(s) used in the search. The client can retrieve text or multimedia documents stored on the server. WAIS offers simple natural language input, indexed searching for fast retrieval, and a "relevance feedback" mechanism which allows the results of initial searches to influence future searches. It uses the ANSI Z39.50 service. Public domain implementations are available.

Other information retrieval systems include archie, Gopher, Prospero, and World-Wide Web.

Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.infosystems.wais.

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They show viewers how to bring an expanse of information to personal computers through useful Internet features such as the World Wide Web (WWW), Gopher, telnet, file transfer protocol (FTP), and Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS).
Though navigation aids like Gopher, Wide Area Information Servers, World Wide Web, and Archie offer some traveling guidance and searching tools, knowing what resources are available on the Internet and how to locate them remain formidable tasks.
publisher of the leading encyclopedia in the English language, today announced an agreement with Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS) Inc.

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