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Multimedia LAN Library Center

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107944D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 116K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for building a library system which manages a historical database for seeking knowledge from a variety of media. The methodology described consists of a Local Area Network (LAN) topology where a number of computers perform data collection from a variety of media sources and communicate that data into large databases for subsequent querying. (Image Omitted)

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Multimedia LAN Library Center

       This article describes a method for building a library
system which manages a historical database for seeking knowledge from
a variety of media. The methodology described consists of a Local
Area Network (LAN) topology where a number of computers perform data
collection from a variety of media sources and communicate that data
into large databases for subsequent querying.

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      In the case of television monitoring, machines are configured
to track a number of television channels by taking video snap-shots
every so many configured time intervals. Along with the snap-shots,
sound is continuously monitored and saved in a manner whereby video
continues to correlate with the sound. Both video and sound are
associated with a date/time stamp, TV channel and conceivably the
current monitoring machine configurations which are dependent on the
capacity of storage and machine constraints the LAN library has
available. There should be enough machines on the LAN to monitor all
television channels. In the case of radio/microwave monitoring,
machines are configured to track a number of radio channels by
storing sound which is continuously monitored and saved. Each station
is saved with associated date/time stamp, radio channel and
conceivably the current monitoring machine configurations which are
dependent on the capacity of storage and machine constraints the LAN
library has available. There should be enough machines on the LAN to
monitor all television channels. Using a LAN is important to allow
shared file servers which are used to store large amounts of
information saved from the variety of media.

      The other feature of the LAN library is a set of machines
dedicated to perform interrogation on the large amount of information
stored. The machines, via a user friendly interface, allow querying
data from the large databases of saved media information.

      Thus, there are two types of machines on the LAN library
system:  one set for gathering data and one set for interrogating the
data saved. The LAN library is monitoring the media veins of the
world and storing data thereof into large databases. Persons wishing
to learn about specific topics simply issue queries on the
interrogating machines to produce sources of historical data saved
from the media sources. Those skilled in the art recognize that
queries issued will build corresponding database queries such as is
particular to Natural Language Query products. Furthermore, the query
code shall interface to a thesaurus for proper searching. The...