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Contextual Data for Groups of Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038011D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described for generating contextual-data for a particular group of documents in a host library. This data can be used later to search for documents in a library. In the past, user-specified keywords were needed to describe the document content. Instead of specifying keywords to search the library, natural language queries can be used. Using the disclosed method, the user can logically organize the database of of contextual-data into predefined groups of documents. The capability is provided to perform operations based on the contents of a document.

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Contextual Data for Groups of Documents

A method is described for generating contextual-data for a particular group of documents in a host library. This data can be used later to search for documents in a library. In the past, user-specified keywords were needed to describe the document content. Instead of specifying keywords to search the library, natural language queries can be used. Using the disclosed method, the user can logically organize the database of of contextual-data into predefined groups of documents. The capability is provided to perform operations based on the contents of a document.

The method employs a document-group name which is associated with a separate index of the data base. The index is updated whenever a grouping of documents is created or changed. The index is maintained as a key sequential data set to provide easy access to the documents in the group and minimize the overhead of file maintenance.

The advantage to this approach is that users can obtain information easily based on the name of a particular group of documents.

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