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Verteilte Verwaltung von Hypermedia-Dokumenten, Anforderungen, Konzepte und Entwurf

Student: Franz Burger
Second Reviewer: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Gerald Quirchmayr
End: 31.12.1995

This thesis deals with the requirements, concepts and design of a document management system supporting cooperation in a distributed publishing environment. The set of requirements which have to be fulfilled is derived from several points of view. The database publishing paradigm, which regards publishing as an activity being based on common information storage, is discussed in terms of the publishing process and the document model. These aspects and the need for cooperation support provide the primary source for defining requirements. In order to specify a suitable system architecture, a set of selected concepts from computer supported cooperative work, object-oriented technology and distributed systems is discussed. Some of these concepts can be applied as they are, while for others we propose modifications and/or extensions. A functional architecture, covering also the aspect of workflow management, is specified and used as the basis for implementing a prototype system in smalltalk. The applicability of this system, called HyDoMan, is demonstrated by two example scenarios ´Dictionary of Art´ and ´Management of WWW Documents for Tourist Information´. In closing, the similarities and differences between our prototype and related systems are discussed.