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Automated Knowledge Trading

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015543D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Provided is a solution for automated publish/subscribe communications of information subcomponents within a network, which enables improved knowledge sharing. Despite the advent of Intellectual Capital Management systems, organisations continue to struggle with many aspects of Knowledge Dissemination. In particular there is a requirement for an automated and natural mechanism for Knowledge Sharing. For the purposes of this document a natural mechanism is one where the User is not required to make any special effort in order to participate in the process.

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Automated Knowledge Trading

Provided is a solution for automated publish/subscribe communications of information subcomponents within a network, which enables improved knowledge sharing. Despite the advent of Intellectual Capital Management systems, organisations continue to struggle with many aspects of Knowledge Dissemination. In particular there is a requirement for an automated and natural mechanism for Knowledge Sharing. For the purposes of this document a natural mechanism is one where the User is not required to make any special effort in order to participate in the process.

  The key issues inhibiting Knowledge Sharing are: identifying appropriate areas of Knowledge. identification of authorities in a large enterprise. encouraging those with appropriate Intellectual Capital to release it (Knowledge is power).

    Accordingly, this invention aims to address these issues by enabling the automated searching and trading of Information Components where an Information Component represents a sub section of a document. By making document subcomponents separately identifiable, searches can be performed to identify duplicates and then to delete the duplicate subcomponents. This can achieve a significant reduction in the total amount of memory required for a typical file system, which is especially important for limited-storage mobile devices. Instead of retaining many copies of each document, one copy of each subcomponent can be retained with suitable indexing to identify all the places in a file system where each subcomponent should appear. A high level schematic of the proposed invention is shown below in figure 1:

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Figure 1 : High Level Architecture

  The invention involves the integration of 4 key components: the standard Hard Disks distributed across an Enterprise. a Trading Agent installed on every workstation. The functionality of this Agent is described in more detail below. a Publish Subscribe Engine to enable communication between the Trading Agents. a monitoring Agent.

    It is proposed that the documents on each Hard Disk will be categorised into 3 sections representing public, draft and personal data. It is envisaged that documents labelled as public can be automatically made available to other Users whilst the availability of documents labelled as draft will depend on options specified by the document owner. Personal documents would not be made available to other Users. The documents sto...