Document Type

Journal Article


This paper describes a Web Services (WS) and distributed systems architecture for Formal Concept Analysis that supports information and content management in a social media system. As well as social tagging, the system includes novel approaches to document browsing and heterogeneous Web information retrieval. The Formal Concept Analysis WS architecture supports a system called the Virtual Museum of the Pacific, a content and knowledge acquisition tool that permits the machine synthesis of formal concepts and provides a Rich Internet Application in which to display and navigate them. The interface also allows the extensible association of digital objects via introducing new attributes and relationships. The WS architecture and user interface form the basis for a novel distributed content management and social media application and is to our knowledge the first implementation of Formal Concept Analysis as WS.