Demonstration Hyperlinks

This page contains a pointers to various WWW demonstration pages developed by the Intelligent Information Infrastructure Project.

We apologize to those who cannot currently access certain pages. The research nature of these systems means that they may not be available at all times. Many of these examples build on The Common LISP Hypermedia Server.

  1. The Vice President's Electronic Open Meeting on the National Performance Review. Project members worked with NPR to organize the Open Meeting as well as incorporate online surveys and advanced systems for wide-area collaboration over email and WWW. The event is described by a paper in the Proceedings of The Fourth International Conference on The World Wide Web, Boston: MIT, December 12, 1995.

  2. White House Publications provides top-down and bottom-up access to electronic releases by the White House. Standing search URLs allow users to run focused searches by merely clicking on an anchor. Research systems developed by the project in Common Lisp have been deployed in a high-volume application and technology transfer is in progress.

  3. Citizens can now Send a message to the President and Send a message to the Vice President. After a series of prototypes demonstrated concepts for correspondence interfaces, the public-access technology developed by project members was translated into production the White House. In these interfaces, ancillary information needed to determine message routings is gracefully elicited from the user. We ask any one who may have cached HTML forms for earlier prototypes to please upgrade to the official versions available from the White House Web server.

  4. Retrieve White House Documents via the taxonomy of categories used by the M.I.T. Publications Server to distribute these documents over email. Top-down retrieval via categories obviates the need for the user to guess relevant words required to make bottom-up approaches work accurately.

  5. Retrieve White House Documents via a search index. This page provides complete documentation on the taxonomy of White House documents used to distribute them to subscribers.

  6. Browse White House Documents via hierarchy organized by publication dates. This archive is created automatically by the normal operation of the email publication system.

  7. The toplevel form for the M.I.T. Publications Server allows people to subscribe to the daily releases via email. In this example, the WWW form initiates an interaction with the user which is continued via email with an email server. Although the new server routes messages to recipients via a boolean combination of content categories and documents, this form provides a variety of standard cliches in order to provide an accessible form-interface. Soon, another form for more advanced users will allow subscription via the full granularity of the taxonomy.

  8. During the last week of January 1994, we test-drove our new email server technology by surveying over 1600 internet users who access electronic publications by the White House. This automatic and adaptive survey began with a small Usage Survey, and then applied if-then rules to determine which specialized follow-up surveys were most appropriate for each respondent. The survey results were automatically tabulated. They and their interpretation have been compilated in a preliminary report and are summarized in Survey Briefing Points for Busy Officials.

  9. The 1996 Survey of White House Electronic Publications users extends the earlier system and genrlizes the automatic form processing system over email and WWW. This substrate automatically validates inputs using a presentation system and retries queries as necessary. Additionally, it emits mobile code (JavaScript) to perform some client-side input validation. Results are not yet available.

  10. Ask the START Natural Language System an English question about the M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Please report any successes or bugs to Boris Katz (

  11. Learn IF-THEN rules about international conflict management in the period after 1945. This uses a rule learning system available in the Feature Vector Editor. If the demo is unavailable, see snapshots of the setting up an experiment and several rules learned.

  12. Applications using the Common Lisp Web Server are popping up at many different sites around the United States and the world. It is the Web interface of choice for researchers and developers using advanced languages like Common Lisp to tackle difficult problems in planning, knowledge representation, intelligent tutoring, machine learning, and natural language processing.

  13. The Kennedy Home Page was assembled as a demonstration of what the Congress could do right away.

  14. The Cambridge Home Page was assembled as an embarassingly small step toward the Palo Alto page.

  15. Explore the Political Participation Project, a research initiative exploring how networked media can be used to facilitate political participation. The Project features the Online Political Information Network, a guide to political information available on the Internet.

John C. Mallery