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A system for context augmentation for casual electronic interchanges including instant messaging, email, etc.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131030D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A system for context augmentation for casual electronic interchanges and other casual electronic documents (e.g. instant messaging, email, forums, blogs)

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CA820050099 Arnold Rosen/Markham/IBM Currie Boyle

A system for context augmentation for casual electronic interchanges including instant messaging, email, etc.

Current implementations of Instant Messaging are less effective than they could be because contributing parties tend to have different levels of context about a topic in discussion. The same could be said for email and other casual electronic documents. For instance: terms, acronyms, references to literature or speeches, fads / trends, etc. are frequently made during a discussion but may not be understood by all participants.

The additional context information will typically come from a shared knowledge repositories. For example:

If there is text, presentation, image, graphic, etc. documents in a (local or remote)


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knowledge database that would provide greater reference insight to the topic Then these references items would be visually displayed (e.g. in a pop-up list) so

that the user could select the item which would help them better understand the context of the communications

When the user indicates the need for context augmentation (e.g. by placing a cursor type pointer) for a word or phrase the user can instantly select to, for example (but not limited to):
1. Look it up on the internal or an external "what is" type data base (e.g. for terms, acronyms)
2. Search the web for a synopsis (e.g. for a reference to literatu...