SBIR Phase I:Collaborative Information Retrieval from Multiple Real-Time Sources

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Pomcor
2977 Barnard Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will assess the feasibility of creating a new kind of collaboration-enabled information retrieval application that can handle multiple sources of information, including real-time sources whose data changes frequently. The proposed application will use application-programming interface (API) adaptors to access diverse sources of information and will provide a repository where collaborators can share not only query results but also the documents referenced by those results. Research objectives will include devising a procedure whereby a collaborator can resume the browsing of a result set initiated by a different collaborator even if the result set has changed in the meantime, and designing a cryptographic protocol that allows a user to cause the direct transfer of a document from an information source to the repository, with authentication of the user to the source and to the repository, and authentication of the origin of the document to the repository.