|(networking, information science)||Wide Area Information Servers - (WAIS) A distributed
information retrieval system. WAIS is supported by Apple Computer, Thinking Machines and Dow Jones. Clients are
able to retrieve documents using keywords. The search returns
a list of documents, ranked according to the frequency of
occurrence of the keyword(s) used in the search. The client
can retrieve text or multimedia documents stored on the
server. WAIS offers simple natural language input,
indexed searching for fast retrieval, and a "relevance
feedback" mechanism which allows the results of initial
searches to influence future searches. It uses the ANSI Z39.50 service. Public domain implementations are
Other information retrieval systems include archie, Gopher, Prospero, and World-Wide Web.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.infosystems.wais.