Portals, Portals Everywhere

Portals, Portals Everywhere

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-438-5.ch001
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Abstract

In general terms a portal is just a gateway, and a Web portal can be seen as a gateway to the information and services on the Web. This chapter explores the definition of the word “portal” and attempts a categorisation of the various types of Web portals. It outlines some of the many uses for portals and shows that the portal concept is equally useful for accessing corporate intranets as for the public Internet. In conclusion the chapter looks at the proposition that the portal is dead and finds that any announcement to this effect is very much premature. Portals are everywhere and are likely to grow to even greater importance in the future.

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