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Architecture for spontaneous community group creation and maintenance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199128D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is the architecture for a sponsor or administrator to automatically establish a group, promote group members and activities, and maintain group membership without direct administrator action.

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Architecture for spontaneous community group creation and maintenance

Currently, to create a community group, a user has a number of manual steps to follow. The user needs to create the group in an established framework, create and maintain the group sections, such as a message board, advertise for members to join, administer the members, and promote the group. This is time consuming and labor intensive.

This disclosure describes the architecture for a sponsor or administrator to automatically establish a group, promote group members and activities, and maintain group membership without direct administrator action.

Note: Whenever describing parameters upon which the sponsor or administrator decides, he/she has the option of establishing these parameters before the group creation; thus, the administrator does not need to intervene with the later formation, maintenance, and promotion of the group. The administrator has the option to at any time modify these parameters if the administrator wants to take a more active role during the group's life-cycle.

The architecture encompasses the stages of creating a community group, group maintenance, and group promotion. The process and options for each stage follow:

1. Creating a community group

a. The sponsor or administrator decides a need for a group, either public or private, based on a topic area and as defined by keyword or set of keywords.

b. The architecture searches a community scope or a combination of different community sources, to identify potential members who have actively contributed in the topic area.

Note: Activity is defined either as passive (i.e., mentioned in the set of keywords in the member's profile) or active, (i.e., with two or more recent message posts on the topic). It is up to the administrator to decide whether the target membership should encompass all passive and active potential members or only active members.

c. After identifying the potential members, the architecture sends an invitation to each of the member's contact e-mails inviting them to join the group.

d. If enough group members respond to join, then the architecture creates the group with the members and gives them the special designation of founding members, which further helps drive recognition and participation in the group.

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The architecture also creates related group resources, such as forms, etc., as initially established by the sponsor.

2. Group maintenance

The architecture automatically monitors the overall group health by inviting additional members, removing non-contributing members, or deciding whether a group should be disbanded.

a. For membership expansion, the sponsor decides whether the group:

i. is closed to others, except those ini...