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Knowbot Information Service
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networking, information science (KIS) Also known as
netaddress. The Knowbot Information Service (KIS) provides a
uniform user interface to a variety of remote directoryservices such as whois, finger, X.500, MCIMail. By
submitting a single query to KIS, a user can search a set of
remote white pages services and see the results of the
search in a uniform format.
There are several interfaces to the KIS service including
electronic mail and telnet. Another KIS interface
imitates the Berkeley whois command.
KIS consists of two distinct types of modules which interact
with each other (typically across a network) to provide the
service. One module is a user agent module that runs on the
KIS mail host machine. The second module is a remote server
module (possibly on a different machine) that interrogates
various database services across the network and provides the
results to the user agent module in a uniform fashion.
Interactions between the two modules can be via messages
between Knowbots or by actual movement of Knowbots.
There are electronic mail interfaces for KIS at the hosts
cnri.reston.va.us and sol.bucknell.edu. Send a message
containing just the word "man" to kis@cnri.reston.va.us or
netaddress@sol.bucknell.edu. Telnet: info.cnri.reston.va.us
port 185.
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