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Method of Use: Utilizing File-Sharing for Exchange of Academic Papers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004461D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-20
Document File: 6 page(s) / 121K

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Abstract

The present invention is a method of use of file sharing networks on the Internet, in which term papers and research papers can be shared between students around the world for referencing and research.

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Method of Use: Utilizing File-Sharing for Exchange of Academic Papers

File sharing networks have begun to arise throughout the Internet. With this new technology endless applications have arisen. Useful applications could revolutionize the way that information is shared.

How to incorporate peer-to-peer file- sharing to exchange research and term papers?

The sharing of term papers and research papers among academia worldwide is hindered by the accessibility of documents using existing information infrastructures. What is needed is a way to incorporate peer-to-peer file sharing to exchange research and term papers.

The present invention is a method of use of file sharing networks on the Internet, in which term papers and research papers can be shared between students around the world for referencing and research.

Figure 1 illustrates a file-sharing network in which user A 110, user B 120, user C 130 and user D 140 interact. User A 110 requests a file query. A central server 150 processes the query. At which time a research paper 155 is located over the internet 160 in one or more host computers 120.

Figure 2 illustrates a method of use of a file sharing network including the following steps:

Step 110: User opens file-share utility

The user opens the file-share utility.

Step120: File-share utility checks for connection

The file-share utility checks for an Internet connection.

Step 130: File-share utility logs user onto the server

If it finds a connection, the file-share utility logs the user onto the central server. The main purpose of this central server is to keep an index of all the file-share utility users currently online and connect them to each other. It does not contain any of the research files itself.

Step 140: User types in the topic or subject heading that he is looking for

The user types in the topic or subject heading of the paper he is looking for.

Step 150: Server queries the index for computers on-line that have the file requested

The file-share utility on the user's computer queries the index server for other the file-share utility computers online that have the topic the user has requested.

Step 160: Server informs user's computer where to find file

Whenever a match is found, the file-share utility server informs the user's computer where to find the requested file.

Step 170: Server builds a list of file locations

When the server replies, the file-share utility builds a list of these systems in the results window.

Step 180: The user can select files of interest from selection

The user clicks on the file(s) that interest him and then downloads it.

Step 190: User's computer connects to file-host computer

The user's copy of the file-share utility attempts to establish a connection with the system hosting the file the user has se...