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Calendar Event Status Association Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103813D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dugan, PA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Current art in event management of electronic calendars allows meeting notices to be sent to multiple parties and for each party to determine which parties are related to that meeting. (Note that this is true only for meeting notices and not for all events.) Additionally, current art allows second parties to view individual calendars. However, there is no way to allow event owners to associate other parties with a given event and have changes in that event automatically communicated to the associated parties. There is also no way for interested second parties to "sign-up" for events of interest.

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Calendar Event Status Association Mechanism

      Current art in event management of electronic calendars allows
meeting notices to be sent to multiple parties and for each party to
determine which parties are related to that meeting.  (Note that this
is true only for meeting notices and not for all events.)
Additionally, current art allows second parties to view individual
calendars.  However, there is no way to allow event owners to
associate other parties with a given event and have changes in that
event automatically communicated to the associated parties.  There is
also no way for interested second parties to "sign-up" for events of
interest.

      Provided is a calendar mechanism, termed "Calendar Event Status
Association" (CESA) which allows:

o   originators of events ("Owners") to associate multiple parties
    with
        events

o   multiple (second) parties to register an association for given
    events
        automatic communication of changes in events to associated
    parties

The CESA mechanism consists of:

o   a calendar service element termed the Event Association Manager
    (EAM)
       (Element 000 in the Figure)

o   customization profiles for both originator and associated parties
    to:

o   store associative data

o   manage changes in associative data

o   automatically communicate changes to associated parties

The CESA mechanism operates as follows:

      Referring to the Figure, the originator of a calendar event or
meeting (called the "Owner") is allowed to associate any number of
parties with any number of events, either upon creation of the event,
and/or any time thereafter.  This relationship data is managed and
stored by the CESA calendar service element (the EAM) and is subject
to access controls.  This data is stored on a non-volatile storage
medium (010).  (Original calendar event data remains in the calendar
repository, 005).

      Changes made by the Owner to a given event (040), which may
originate from any of a multitude of sources (035), result in a
program call to the EAM to:

o   determine whether that event has associative data

o   read the customized profiles of the associated parties (020)

o   communicate changed event data to those parties (015), bas...