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Partitionable and Selectable Facilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115307D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 121K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keller, RS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed are some novel attributes (and processing) for lists of facilities used by calendaring programs. The first attribute allows inclusion of information about facilities that can be subdivided. (For example a large conference room that can be divided into two rooms by extending a folding wall.) The other attribute deals with facilities which have characteristics that a user might care about.

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Partitionable and Selectable Facilities

      Disclosed are some novel attributes (and processing) for lists
of facilities used by calendaring programs.  The first attribute
allows inclusion of information about facilities that can be
subdivided.  (For example a large conference room that can be divided
into two rooms by extending a folding wall.)  The other attribute
deals with facilities which have characteristics that a user might
care about.

      To demonstrate the usefulness of the partitioning attribute,
consider the following list of facilities:
  FACILID     Description                       OWNUSER    OWNNODE
  BIGROOM1    Large Conference Room One         CRSSCH     NODE1
  BIGROOM2    Large Conference Room Two         CRSSCH     NODE1
  SMALLRM1    Small Conference Room One         CRSSCH     NODE1
  SMALLRM2    Small Conference Room Two         CRSSCH     NODE1
  SMALLRM3    Small Conference Room Three       CRSSCH     NODE1
  CONFPHON    Video Conference Call Center      CONPHONE   NODE1

      The example list gives the userid of the facility (FACILID), a
description, and the identification of the owner (CRSSCH at NODE1).
What
this table does not tell you (or a computer program) is that BIGROOM1
is
made up of SMALLRM1 and SMALLRM2.  The last entry in the list, for
the
Video Conference Call Center, also does not indicate that the
operator
for the center must also be free to run the conference call.

      To solve this a list of exclusions is added to the list of
facilities.  Given the above example, a list of exclusions added to
this list might look like the following:  (Note: some of the fields
have been shortened to fit on the page.)
  FACILID     Description    OWNUSER    OWNNODE    Exclusion List
  BIGROOM1    Large Room 1   CRSSCH     NODE1      SMALLRM1 SMALLRM2
  BIGROOM2    Large Room 2   CRSSCH     NODE1
  SMALLRM1    Small Room 1   CRSSCH     NODE1      BIGROOM1
  SMALLRM2    Small Room 2   CRSSCH     NODE1      BIGROOM1
  SMALLRM3    Small Room 3   CRSSCH     NODE1
  CONFPHON    Conf Telephon  CONPHONE   NODE1      CONFOPER

      The exclusion list indicates other facilities (and calendars in
the case of the conference call center operator (CONFOPER)) which
must be available for the facility to be considered available.

      So far, the example has dealt with just one type of facility,
conference rooms.  However, consider that the facilities that can be
scheduled include movie projectors that can be moved from any room
and that our example installation has 5 identical (except for serial
number) movie projectors.  Now our example facilities list looks like
the following:
  FACILID     Description    OWNUSER    OWNNODE    Exclusion List
  BIGROOM1    Large Roo...