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What processes are covered by these products? All phases of the flow of digital documents, as portrayed on this flowchart - http://www.larryblakeley.com/information_management_visual.htm - resulting in a repository of information and knowledge that can be accessed and shared across time and distance using the telecommunications infrastructure (i.e. internet's IP protocol).

The following images reflect the schematic setting out the products covered by the above processes:

Infrastructure PDF http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/infrastructure.pdf

Infrastructure DjVu http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/infrastructure.djvu

What happens when the electricity goes down? Go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/unreliability_issues.htm


Telecommunications/Data Center

Central servers would be housed SBC's Dallas, Texas data center. For more information go to SBC PremierServ Hosting Services http://www.sbc.com/gen/telecom?pid=6485; SBC's cabinets are Wright Line's http://www.wrightline.com/index.asp Paramount series http://www.wrightline.com/productDetail.asp?ProductID=9&ProductCategoryID=8 and are 96" in height; 24" in width; and 34.5" in depth.

For information on the telecommunications infrastructure go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/telecommunications_infrastructure/telecommunications_infrastructure.htm

Inhouse storage and backup will be comprised of a "tier" system based on needs of access (i.e. speed). For storage hardware go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/storage_hardware/storage_hardware.htm

The remote backup, storage, and archiving processes could be outsourced to Iron Mountain http://www.ironmountain.com/Index.asp

For information on wide area network appliances go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/network_appliances/network_appliances.htm

Some articles regarding long-term storage, archive and preservation information can be found here . http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/storage_archives_preservation/storage_archives_preservation.htm

Server Hardware Specifications:

HP ProLiant DL360 G4p server - overview http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantdl360/index-g4p.html

HP ProLiant DL 360 G4 http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11937_na/11937_na.html#Overview

Benchmark Performance (PDF):


Server Based Application Delivery

Those Windows applications to be accessed by "thick client" PC's will reside on servers using Windows Server http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/overview/overview.mspx as its operating system and be pushed out to the client devices using Endeavors Technology's software delivery products http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/hosting_software/endeavors_technology.htm. Access to this application software can be through a thick-client. Access to the images can be through any device with internet access (PDA's, laptops, etc.). No actual records reside on any PC, or access device for security purposes.

For information about application services go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/application_services/application_services.htm


Server Based Communication

The hosting software will be as follows: http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/hosting_software/hosting_software.htm

Online Collaboration will be through IPSwitch's Collaboration Suite http://www.ipswitch.com (including the WS_FTP Server for file storage/transfer capabilities) and Xerox's Docushare software. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/hosting_software/Xerox_DocuShare.htm

For System Requirements/Supported Platforms for IPSwitch Collaboration Suite and WS-FTP Server go here. http://www.ipswitch.com/products/collaboration/system_requirements.asp
For a working example of DocuShare go to The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems' http://public.ccsds.org/default.aspx Web page here. http://www.ccsds.org/docu/

For System Requirements/Supported Platforms for DocuShare download this PDF here. http://download.support.xerox.com/pub/docs/docushare/userdocs/any-os/en_GB/DocuShare4_0_1_Installation_Guide.pdf

An excellent overview of some of the major components and activities involved in the creation of good digital collections and a framework for identifying, organizing, and applying existing knowledge and resources to support the development of sound local practices for creating and managing good digital collections is covered by the article, "A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections," National Information Standards Organization (NISO) http://www.niso.org/, Framework Advisory Group, 2nd edition, Bethesda, Maryland, 2004. http://www.niso.org/framework/framework2.html

For an example of a large-scale, open, distributed archiving system please visit here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/domain_digital_library/eprints_org.htm An Eprint Archive (maintained by University of Southampton, United Kingdom) is a collection of digital documents. OAI-compliant http://www.eprints.org/self-faq/#OAI-compliance Eprint Archives share the same metadata, making their contents interoperable with one another. Their metadata can then be harvested into global "virtual" archives that are seamlessly navigable by any user (just as a commercial index or abstract database is navigable, but with full-text access).

For information about Open Source Software Development go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/open_source_software_development/open_source_software_development.htm

For Web site hosting, traffic management, clustering and application serving the following Zeus http://www.zeus.com products to be utilized:

For Zeus Web Server:

For ZXTM Load Balancer:

For Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager:

- inspect, manipulate and act upon the information flowing through it in both directions

For Zeus solutions:

For System Requirements/Supported Platforms for Zeus Web Server go here. http://www.zeus.com/products/zws/platforms.html

For more information about application traffic management go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/application_services/application_services.htm

Another good source for information about expanding access to information, however recorded and preserved is The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). http://www.larryblakeley.com/library_research_commercial/research_library_organizations/clir.htm


Server Based Image Server

The documents/images will be stored in both the "tif" and LizardTech's "djvu" format and served up from their Express Server (for more information about image creation using DjVu go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/image_creation/image_creation.htm). The "tif" format ensures images remain accessable over time - without emulation problems and the "djvu" format reduces the broadband usage across the internet.

For System Requirements/Supported Platforms for LizardTech Express Server go here. http://www.lizardtech.com/products/exp/requirements.php


Server Based Databases

The database for each client will use Extended Systems' Advantage Database server http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/data_creation/data_creation.htm and be specific to that company's needs. The databases will reside on the servers.

For System Requirements/Supported Platforms for Advantage Database Server go here. http://www.advantagedatabase.com/web/content.aspx?key=9F6C97A709E14DDBDE1B9A44617ACCB5

For information on computational economics - including distributed computing economics - go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/computational_economics/computational_economics.htm


Internet (TCP/IP)

For information on the internet protocol (IP) go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/internet_protocol_IP/internet_protocol_IP.htm

For information about the internet go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/internet_future/internet_future_abstracts.htm


Communication/High Security Transmittal

For examples of products that could be stacked on top of this telecommunications infrastructure for secure remote access go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/internet_distribution_security/internet_distribution_security.htm


Client Hardware

Documents will be scanned using dedicated scanners such as Fujitsu http://www.fcpa.com/products/scanners/, Captovation software http://www.captovation.com/default.htm or Xerox software http://www.office.xerox.com/perl-bin/product.pl?product=FFSMARTSEND (either remotely, or from a central location), or even fax machines (tif format) into a repository folder specific to that particular company, or client. (For an example of a company doing this see Kwiktag's product http://www.kwiktag.com/index.html).

For information about imaging go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/imaging/imaging.htm

For a managed desktop solution that delivers Intel-based PC functionality to a user's desktop from a centralized environment using "thin clients" see Clear Cube's PC blade solutions here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/thin_clients/clear_cube.htm


Client Applications

Scanned documents can be retrieved for viewing by using Infotek Docudex and the keypunched data will be transferred to Extended System's Advantage Database Server.

The documents will be retrieved in "batches" by outside keypunch operators (remote access) and data/indexing information will be keyed directly from the images using Viking Software's data entry product http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/data_creation/data_creation.htm. This ensures virtually 100% accuracy due to its double-key functionality and eliminates employee/office expenses. All fees paid for this service will be based on the number of items keypunched (even college students could earn extra money by doing this). For an example of a company that specializes in remote data entry using Viking Software go here http://www.axiondata.com/index.htm

For information on Infotek Docudex and imaging go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/image_creation/document_imaging.htm

For information on imaging go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/imaging/imaging.htm

Management of unstructured data in the form of emails, attachments, word documents, images, Web pages, etc. will be through 80-20 Software http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/hosting_software/80-20_software.htm

For information on data formats go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/data_formats/data_formats.htm

For information about metadata go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/metadata/metadata.htm

Formal records management will be handled by Tower Software's http://www.towersoft.com/global.asp TRIM Context Records Management system http://www.towersoft.com/solutions/t_rec_mgt.htm

For information about records management go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/records_management/records_management.htm

For information on mobile hardware solutions go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/mobile_hardware/mobile_hardware.htm

For information on mobile software solutions go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/mobile_software/mobile_software.htm


Grid, P2P and Networking

The telecommunications, hardware, software and network infrastructure will be done in such a manner as to enable the evolvement of these communities of P2P intranets into a semantic-based network of information and knowledge sharing within the network - as well as external to the network. For information on the Semantic Web go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/semantic_web/semantic_web.htm

Using P2P technology (for information on P2P go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/p2p/p2p.htm), create a "community" of clients that contribute, or share their excess processing power (and, possibly unused harddrive storage for extra - or reduced cost - backup protection) from desktop PC's. This community (grid) of computers would be used for document scanning/imaging, indexing, data entry-type operations, among other computing processes (Example of document delivery system see Kontiki http://www.kontiki.com/index.html). The P2P broadband traffic would be characterized, controlled, and secured by solutions offered by Sandvine http://www.sandvine.com

This cooperative system of "sharing" will be based on both grid and cluster systems from the standpoint of high availability (HA) and high performance computing (HPC). For information on clusters and grid computing go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/clusters_grids/clusters_grids.htm

For a "leading-edge" implementation (albeit - on a much larger scale) of these types of systems please go to The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid http://cabig.nci.nih.gov/overview, being developed by The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) http://www.cancer.gov/ Center for Bioinformatics (NCICB) http://ncicb.nci.nih.gov/NCICB/. This center provides biomedical informatics support and integration capabilities to the cancer research community.

For information about networks go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/networks/networks.htm

For information on server and grid/clustering hardware systems go here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/server_hardware/server_hardware.htm