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Method and System for Improving Retrieval of a Social Networking Album by Enriching Metadata Associated with the Album

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222576D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 145K

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Subhajit Sanyal: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A method and system for improving retrieval of a social networking album by enriching metadata associated with the album is disclosed. The method and system associates additional information with metadata of an album. The album may then be retrieved when a query corresponding to the additional information is executed.

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Method and System for Improving Retrieval of a Social Networking Album by Enriching Metadata Associated with the Album

Abstract

A method and system for improving retrieval of a social networking album by enriching metadata associated with the album is disclosed.  The method and system associates additional information with metadata of an album.  The album may then be retrieved when a query corresponding to the additional information is executed.

Description

Disclosed is a method and system for improving retrieval of social networking albums by enriching metadata associated with the album. The metadata of an album is enriched by associating additional information with the metadata.  In a social networking site, a user having a social profile may connect to one or more other users to make a social network.  The user may perform activities such as, posting status messages, comments and uploading photos in an album.  The album may then be associated with the metadata and stored in the social profile of the user.  The metadata may include one or more of, but is not limited to, a location where the photo was taken, name of friends appearing in the photo and name of a month during which the photo was taken.  The user and the one or more other users may access the album of the user by executing a query.

In an embodiment, the user may enrich the metadata of the album by associating the metadata with terms having similar context.  These terms may correspond to two or more topics from separate web pages that include the metadata.  The metadata of the album may include an album name and a description of the album.  The metadata may be divided into classes that represent concepts.  A concept may correspond to a basic entity in the metadata that is associated with the terms.  For example, an album may have “Food” as the album name and “dine at AB restaurant” as the description of the album.  The name and the description may be divided into concepts such as food, dine and restaurant.  After dividing the metadata into concepts, each concept is searched on internet to find terms with similar context.  The concept may be searched by locating the appearance of the concept under a topic on a web page and then locating other topics containing the concept on different web pages.  Thereafter, each concept may be associated with corresponding terms.  After associating each concept with corresponding terms, the social network profile of the user may be searched for terms that are relevant to the profile of the user.  Subsequently, the terms are filtered based on their relevance with the profile of the user.  Relevance may correspond to, but is not limited to, frequency of appearance of the term in the profile of the user, in a chat between the user and the one or more other users, comments and status messages posted by the user.  The terms may also be filtered based on association of a term with different concepts simultaneously.  For ins...