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Hierarchy and Information Consistency Maintenance for Document Databases

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123416D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nathoo, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

What is disclosed is a method for maintaining consistency in a database of documents. The method maintains the consistency of the hierarchy after a copy-and-paste operation, and reduces repetition of information.

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Hierarchy and Information Consistency Maintenance for Document Databases

   What is disclosed is a method for maintaining consistency
in a database of documents.  The method maintains the consistency of
the hierarchy after a copy-and-paste operation, and reduces
repetition of information.

   The problem is that when documents are copied and pasted
in a database, confusion and information in consistency can result
through documents being pasted into the incorrect place in the
hierarchy, and information being wastefully repeated.  This
maintenance of hierarchy and consistency is often done manually, or
the database users are trusted to check it themselves.

   The proposed solution is an automated agent which checks
all documents that are pasted to make sure the correct hierarchy is
maintained, repetition is minimized and information consistency is
maintained between the pasted document and its new parent.

   The automated agent maintains consistency through the
following steps:
  1.  The pasted document is checked to make sure that is is
      in its correct place in the hierarchy.  If it is not, the
      operation is cancelled.
  2.  The pasted document is checked against all other documents
      of the same type to make sure that no repetition is
      occurring.  If there is a match, then the user is prompted
      as to whether the operation should still continue.
  3.  Certain fields in the new parent document are checked
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