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Calendar Scheduling Teleconference Communication Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111756D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Often during a teleconference session, users desire to establish a subsequent meeting between the teleconference parties. Often the scheduling desired may be for a physical meeting or for another teleconference meeting. Current systems require each member of the teleconference to check their calendar and define a mutually agreeable time. Another approach is to have one user enter in all the electronic addresses of the teleconference parties and perform a free time search. In either case users must manually enter information into the calendar service. In addition, some systems do not differentiate between a teleconference meeting and a physical meeting; i.e., some users may be available for a teleconference meeting, but would be unable to be physically available.

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Calendar Scheduling Teleconference Communication Mechanism

      Often during a teleconference session, users desire to
establish a subsequent meeting between the teleconference parties.
Often the scheduling desired may be for a physical meeting or for
another teleconference meeting.  Current systems require each member
of the teleconference to check their calendar and define a mutually
agreeable time.  Another approach is to have one user enter in all
the electronic addresses of the teleconference parties and perform a
free time search.  In either case users must manually enter
information into the calendar service.  In addition, some systems do
not differentiate between a teleconference meeting and a physical
meeting; i.e., some users may be available for a teleconference
meeting, but would be unable to be physically available.  Users
desire methods to interrogate the calendar services for scheduling
meetings.  More specifically, a mechanism is needed to establish when
a meeting is permissible by teleconference, yet not by physical
presence.

      Provided is a Directory Interrogator service which reads an
associated teleconference list to determine related telephone
numbers.  A Passive Monitor allows for the numbers to be extrapolated
as the user establishes a teleconference, i.e., during the dialing
process.  The numbers are used as a criteria for a search query into
a data repository to extrapolate electronic calendar identifiers.
Upon the user request...