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STORAGE DEVICE TYPE SELECTIONS IN A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027624D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 115K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In a highly decentralized document management system, such as comprising any number of workstations, hard drives, servers, and mainframes, sometimes it is desirable to allow an individual user of the system to select how a particular storage device is to be used with regard to a certain type of document. This can be useful for enabling operations such as storing private documents on removable or networked drives. Proposed here is a system by which the various storage devices on a network can be classified in three general ways, the different classifications of storage device affecting how various document types are treated by each type of storage device.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

Proposed Classification
U. S. C1. 395/155 Int. C1. G06f 3/4

In a highly decentralized document management system, such as comprising any number of workstations, hard drives, servers, and mainframes, sometimes it is desirable to allow an individual user of the system to select how a particular storage device is to be used with regard to a certain type of document. This can be useful for enabling operations such as storing private documents on removable or networked drives. Proposed here is a system by which the various storage devices on a network can be classified in three general ways, the different classifications of storage device affecting how various document types are treated by each type of storage device.

In a document management system that manages documents across a set of heterogeneous storage devices, the type of storage device used typically determines the type of documents stored there. Sometimes it is desirable for the user to select how a particular drive (or other storage device) should be used. For many applications it may be desirable to be able to use storage devices for other than the expected use. For example, when storing documents on a networked drive, it is usually fair to assume that the user expects others to be able to use the documents at different client workstations. This, however, may not always be the case. The user may be using a networked virtual drive simply because there is not enough disk space available on the workstation's local disk drive. In this situation it would be desirable to allow the networked drive to be treated as a repository for local documents. The cataloging information would remain local and the documents would not be available to other users. Conversely, it would not make sense to allow the user to select the local hard drive as a repository for shared documents: this would allow cataloging information to be entered into the global shared database, but would make the data accessible only to the creator.

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