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Technique for Initiating a Conference Call From a Calendar Database

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119569D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffin, DL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for initiating a teleconference directly from a calendar database. This allows for both a number of telephone connections to be made and for the information needed to create the connection (typically, a telephone number) to be stored independently of the meeting notice yet connected to the notice. In business settings it is often necessary to conduct meetings which involve attendees as well as persons on a conference call. Current calendar applications provide no distinction between local and remote meeting attendees. In addition, they do not usually provide a technique to initiate the meeting with remote attendees.

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Technique for Initiating a Conference Call From a Calendar Database

      This article describes a technique for initiating a
teleconference directly from a calendar database.  This allows for
both a number of telephone connections to be made and for the
information needed to create the connection (typically, a telephone
number) to be stored independently of the meeting notice yet
connected to the notice. In business settings it is often necessary
to conduct meetings which involve attendees as well as persons on a
conference call.  Current calendar applications provide no
distinction between local and remote meeting attendees.  In addition,
they do not usually provide a technique to initiate the meeting with
remote attendees.

      Disclosed is a technique for initiating a teleconference
directly from a calendar database.  Provided is a distinction between
local and remote attendees of a meeting.  This is accomplished by the
calendar event originator indicating which of the attendees are
remote using existing graphical techniques, such as check boxes. This
can be done at any time up to the meeting.  This is especially
important since the originator may receive indications from different
attendees about the mode of their attendance (locally or remotely) at
different times.  The information about each of the attendees is kept
as a part of the calendar event.

      At the option of the calendar event originator, the initiation
of the necessary calls to rem...