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Tracking document connections

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019889D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Oct-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Oct-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a simple system that tracks how files on a single machine are related to each other. This information is useful for finding old documents and for various other uses. The common solution is to create an index that can be used for searches. One problem is that the index is large and the maintenance is expansive. The second is that the information is very syntactic in nature. Our solution maintain information on how text (or data) from one file was used in another.

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Tracking document connections

Disclosed is a simple system that tracks how files on a single machine are related to each other. This information is useful for finding old documents and for various other uses. The common solution is to create an index that can be used for searches. One problem is that the index is large and the maintenance is expansive. The second is that the information is very syntactic in nature. Our solution maintain information on how text (or data) from one file was used in another.

    We create a graph (using very sparse implementation) where each file on the computer is a node.

    When information is copied from one file to another (using clipboard, "save as" ... just the standard ones) an annotated link is created from that file to the second. Rename changes the name of the node. Maintaining such a graph is not expensive. The link is annotated with information about the copies (usually very few) which may include time, type of copies and possibly other data.

  The graph may be presented in variety of graphical presentations. Usefulness
Interesting view for the user

  I am now trying to find additional text from an old presentation. I trace backward from a current presentation to find the older presentation Finding out files which I copy from as they contain information that can be used many times Guiding content searches (if you know at which file to start) If you don't, once you

find something you can continue from there. This will make the search...