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Data Provision and Harvest Via Web Automation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014374D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Craig Becker: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a scheme wherein a data source provider provides a "bare interface" for XML data delivery via HTTP over the World Wide Web. The data source provider makes available (either for free or for money) the interface details needed to query the data, plus knowledge of the XML structure of the data (via DTD, documentation, or both).

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Data Provision and Harvest Via Web Automation

Disclosed is a scheme wherein a data source provider provides a "bare
interface" for XML data delivery via HTTP over the World Wide Web. The data
source provider makes available (either for free or for money) the interface
details needed to query the data, plus knowledge of the XML structure of the
data (via DTD, documentation, or both).

      On the receiving end, the data consumer takes
the XML data and (in an exemplary implementation)
uses XSL to render the data into a page format
consistent with the rest of the consumer's website.

      For example, a consumer wants to put a stock
market ticker on their web page. A number of
services provide stock market quotations, but one
must actually visit the provider's website to see
the data. Using the scheme herein, a consumer could
build a widget that acquires the market data from a
source and renders it as an animated stock ticker
on their web page.

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