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Providing for Affinity Relationships in Electronic Document Distribution Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046778D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Foster, GJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present system relates to the provision of archival or library services in electronic document distribution networks. The system involves an expedient which gives a properly signed on and identified user the ability to provide other selected potential users of his filed documents, who would normally not have access to such documents, with the capability of accessing his documents on an unlimited basis. These selected users constitute an affinity group of users any of whom may achieve this unlimited access merely by properly signing on and identifying themselves. In electronic document distribution networks it has been recognized that in document interchanges, it may often be the case that documents are distributed to users which do not have access to a terminal.

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Providing for Affinity Relationships in Electronic Document Distribution Networks

The present system relates to the provision of archival or library services in electronic document distribution networks. The system involves an expedient which gives a properly signed on and identified user the ability to provide other selected potential users of his filed documents, who would normally not have access to such documents, with the capability of accessing his documents on an unlimited basis. These selected users constitute an affinity group of users any of whom may achieve this unlimited access merely by properly signing on and identifying themselves. In electronic document distribution networks it has been recognized that in document interchanges, it may often be the case that documents are distributed to users which do not have access to a terminal. In past technology, that is, in Remote Job Entry and previous electronic document distribution terminals, this situation was overcome by defining a general access identifier for a "mail room" device. This identifier would be used to route distributions to the department, agency, and even building. The intended recipient would then pick up the distribution at a local control room. It is further recognized that in some situations, multiple users share a common pool of terminals. In these cases a user must specify a unique authorization key and password in order to access a document distributed to them. If that user was unavailable, then those distributions would remain queued until his return, or, in spec...