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Intelligent Library Filter for Office

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121616D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, ME: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for automatically obtaining select information from electronic libraries. Through networking in the office environment, office workers have increased access to on-line libraries of news and other information sources. Often the volume of information is so large that it is virtually impossible for the office worker to browse through the information and identify items of interest. Although it is possible to perform periodic searches of the library, if information is of a temporal nature, such as business reports or critical news releases, a routine search may retrieve the information too late to be of real use to the requester. In many situations, the user needs to be informed of certain information as soon as it arrives and is posted to a library.

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Intelligent Library Filter for Office

      This article describes a method for automatically
obtaining select information from electronic libraries. Through
networking in the office environment, office workers have increased
access to on-line libraries of news and other information sources.
Often the volume of information is so large that it is virtually
impossible for the office worker to browse through the information
and identify items of interest.  Although it is possible to perform
periodic searches of the library, if information is of a temporal
nature, such as business reports or critical news releases, a routine
search may retrieve the information too late to be of real use to the
requester. In many situations, the user needs to be informed of
certain information as soon as it arrives and is posted to a library.
This can be achieved through the creation and use of a Library
Monitor Agent. The Library Monitor Agent resides on the library
server and "monitors" the arrival of new information into the
library. As new information is posted to a library, the agent browses
through the information that describes the new document, such as
author, subject, keywords, date and time. This information is
analyzed in order to determine if the document is "of interest to"
the person the agent represents.

      The Library Monitor Agent can be implemented as an instance of
a Rulebased Intelligent Agent.  The concept of Intelligent Agents has
been discussed in previous articles. An agent is a software
"assistant" who performs work on behalf of a user.  The agent
operates from a set of rules or criteria defined by the user.  The
Library Monitor will use these rules to selectively retrieve
information for the user.  Rules may include...