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Method and System for Reconciling Information Assets for Monitoring Information Assets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202445D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

A method and system for reconciling information assets for information asset monitoring is disclosed. Duplicate information assets that exist in different representations in external repositories are detected and merged to construct a single information asset representation in the information asset monitoring system. Without an affect on existing transactional application logic the constructed information asset representation allows for implicit mappings of multiple external asset representations to the single information asset representation in the monitoring system.

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Method and System for Reconciling Information Assets for Monitoring Information Assets

Disclosed is a method and system for reconciling information assets for information asset monitoring.

The method and system disclosed herein describes information assets with the help of a model. The model represents information assets and computes their quality status.

An information asset may be described through a type, a number of properties of the

information asset, a number of relationships with other information assets, a number of representations of the information asset in topology maps, and a number of references of the information asset by other entities like users or tags.

In order to reconcile multiple representations of information assets, duplicate information assets are detected and merged into a single consolidated information asset through a union of all aspects corresponding to information assets, including identity properties of information assets. In an exemplary instance, "N" external information asset representations are mapped to a single internal information asset representation. The duplicate information assets are detected by performing a set of tests on all monitored information assets which results in a number of disjoint subsets of information assets. Each subset contains an information asset and a list of duplicate information assets.

All aspects of duplicate information assets within a subset are

merged to construct the internal asset representation for a single information asset.

The figure illustrates a flowchart depicting a method of generating the disjoint subsets of duplicate information assets.

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On generating the disjoint subsets of duplicate information assets, the information assets are first grouped by type in order to reduce the number of operations and redundant comparisons. Tests are then performed on each group of information assets based on data types involved. For example, value based matching such as, equality test based matching may be performed on a group of information assets to check exact matching of properties and a similarity test based matching may be performed for string values. For numeric values, exact matching as well as precision based matching may be performed.

In an instance, the tests are performed starting with tests that return most matches and finishing with tests that return fewest matches. For example, a first test may attempt to match the properties of information assets.

An exemplary embodiment of the invention

may employ a dynamic programming approach to match properties of information assets. Starting with the first property, all information assets are added to the a list that shares the same property value. The list is assigned a counter with an initial value of 1. For subsequent tests, the embodiment increases the counter if the information asset is already in the list or adds the information a...