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Surrogate Calendar Keeper (Calendar Server)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040954D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moldover, AD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The calendar server performs important functions for a system which serves a group of people either directly or connected via network. This system provides a means to manage the calendar of an individual while he/she is using the system for other things.

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Surrogate Calendar Keeper (Calendar Server)

The calendar server performs important functions for a system which serves a group of people either directly or connected via network. This system provides a means to manage the calendar of an individual while he/she is using the system for other things.

The calendar server manages schedule information on behalf of an individual as an aid to scheduling meetings and appointments with other users of the calendar system. The server responds to requests for free time, checks for valid authority and records tentative appointments. The server accepts changes to the calendar which are made by authorized personnel. The server reconciles with a remote copy of the calendar if changes have been made independently by the calendar owner.

The calendar server also manages a special data base of information describing appointments that involve groups of people. The server organizes this information based on the owner (initiator) of the meeting. The descriptive information includes but is not limited to: owner, arranger (secretary or administrative aide), details (start, stop, location, subject, comments), invitees to the appointment, status of the invitees, and notification list of people not invited.

The current state-of-the-art for calendar servers includes products that keep information about multiple calendars in one location. The innovation described here includes additional information content which makes the process of computer...