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Between Rhizomes and Trees: P2P Information Systems
Thursday, January 1, 2004
The aim of the first part of this paper is to provide an overview of information retrieval in Peerâ€“toâ€“Peer (P2P) information systems in the fileâ€“sharing domain. Starting with a general overview of the concept of P2P information systems, the paper then focuses on five desktopâ€“accessible P2P information systems: Napster with its clones OpenNap and eDonkey, and Gnutella and FastTrack (i.e., Kazaa). A detailed description is given of the attributes and properties of each P2P fileâ€“sharing information system, followed by an evaluation of the respective P2P fileâ€“sharing applications, taking each in turn and examining their respective strengths and weaknesses. This paper concludes with a critical comparative analysis and gives some suggestions for further investigation.