1;3409;0c WebCQ: Detecting and Delivering Information Changes on the Web

WebCQ: Detecting and Delivering Information Changes on the Web

Proceedings of the 2000 ACM CIKM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, 2000
Pages: 512-519DOI: 10.1145/354756.354860



WebCQ is a prototype system for large-scale Web information monitoring and delivery. It makes heavy use of the structure presentinhypertext and the concept of continual queries. In this paper we discuss both mechanisms that WebCQ uses to discover and detect changes to the World Wide Web (the Web) pages efficiently, and the methods to notify users of interesting changes with a personalized customization. The WebCQ system consists of four main components: achange detection robot that discovers and detects changes, a proxy cache service that reduces communication traffics to the original information servers, a personalized presentation tool that highlights changes detected byWebCQ sentinels, and a change notification service that delivers fresh information to the right users at the right time. A salient feature of our change detection robot is its ability to support various types of web page sentinels for detecting, presenting, and delivering interesting changes to web pages. This paper describes the WebCQ system with an emphasis on general issues in designing and engineering a large-scale information change monitoring system on the Web.