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Creating Distributed Document Folders in a Collaborative Viewing Session

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116408D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chaiken, RI: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In the collaborative process of annotating documents it is possible to "capture" other documents or files received from other sources such as electronic mail, faxes, annotations, etc., into a collection of files with a common theme. This collection is called a distributed folder since the folder itself may be selectively or entirely shared with other users in the session.

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Creating Distributed Document Folders in a Collaborative Viewing
Session

      In the collaborative process of annotating documents it is
possible to "capture" other documents or files received from other
sources such as electronic mail, faxes, annotations, etc., into a
collection of files with a common theme.  This collection is called a
distributed folder since the folder itself may be selectively or
entirely shared with other users in the session.

      Collaborative annotation systems are limited in their scope
because there is no interaction with activity outside the scope of
the application.  This precludes the interplay between applications
and prevents the annotation system users to include and annotate
documents from other sources.  The collection of files from assorted
applications and sources may be selectively exchanged with other
users in the session and individually annotated.

      By incorporating a special menu-driven subsystem called a
"folder" it is possible to collaborate on any of the documents in the
folder as well as the folder itself.  Any of the users in the session
can add a document to a folder via a pull-down menu.  Copies of any
of the files added are sent to all the other users to be included in
their respective folders as the need arises.  (A file is not
physically sent across the network to all other users until it is
actually requested by another user.  When a file is committed to the
network, only references to it are p...