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Hierarchical Multimedia Conversion Enforcer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107408D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 5 page(s) / 166K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A program is described which implements media conversion through rules associated with hierarchy relationships. Often it is desirable to convert between voice and text, video to voice, video to text, etc. Organizations of different levels of people should have a means for directing specific media content and converting to specific formats, based on attributes within a database such as an Address Book.

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Hierarchical Multimedia Conversion Enforcer

       A program is described which implements media conversion
through rules associated with hierarchy relationships. Often it is
desirable to convert between voice and text, video to voice, video to
text, etc. Organizations of different levels of people should have a
means for directing specific media content and converting to specific
formats, based on attributes within a database such as an Address
Book.

      A hierarchy chart allows level enforcement while still allowing
specific person to person rules and attribute filtering criteria.
Problems solved by this article are:
      O    Cost-conscious communication of media within an
organization.
      O    Media conversion enforced per an organization hierarchy.
      O    Media conversion enforced via a system which maps person
to person communication.
      O    Media conversion for hierarchy by stripping out media
contents which would be sensitive to employees of different
authorization.
      O    Being able to dictate arbitrary media conversion rules per
hierarchy as well as between specific persons.
      O    Being able to dictate arbitrary media conversion rules per
hierarchy in behalf of filtering criteria.

      This article could be enhanced to recognize specific media
controls for stripping out sensitive or undesirable information
before sending to recipients.

      A sample hierarchy follows:

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      Note conversion rules can exist between a position in the
hierarchy tree and all ascendents or descendents. The President may
have rules between himself and Program Managers and Vendors as well
as Vice Presidents. Ascending relationships and peer relationships
can also exist. The multimedia enforcement is configurable by
hierarchical level in an organization, person to person specific, a
set of levels or people, and is not limited from including other
public address book type data for filtering to a target set of people
within an organization.

      Media conversion is controlled by destination with hierarchy
attribute capability. The destination is characterized by the
position on an hierarchy chart with respect to other positions on the
chart. No rules specified causes media to flow as is between people's
devices.  The present article could be implemented in a public
address book with specific fields for a person record to identify
where a person is on an hierarchy chart (e.g., title), what devices
the person has available with descriptions (e.g., phone number), how
to get to the device, etc., all in addition to the normal Public
Address Book Information.  A hierarchy chart is a logical
representation of what is described by the title fields in
relationship to other title fields.

      The present article concentrates on the following fields in a
Public Address Book:
      A) ...