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A scheme to cross-reference an information item over different information systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000227644D
Publication Date: 2013-May-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

During its life-cycle, an information item can be stored in different information systems. Look up an information item accross different information system could be strenuous. This article presents a scheme to track a information item accross different information management systems at OS-level.

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A scheme to cross-reference an information item over different information systems

During its life-cycle, an information item can be stored in different information systems , for instance, during different phases, or, for another, to depict different facets of the same item.

For example, during the requirement proposal and analysis phase, a Requirement Tracking system may be used to capture the requirement. During the coding and implementation phase, a development environment maybe used to track the development progress of the coding work for the piece of requirement. During the test phase, a specific order transaction number from the application may be used to diagnose a problem that would be traced to code defect . Without proper tracking on the relationship between the information captured in these systems, it can be strenuous to look up an item in one system based on the information in another. While it is possible for some of these systems to keep a note of the relationship using their , if any, memo or note function, it would be tedious to put together such information for all these systems. In particular, it would require O(n*n) entries (O is the number of systems in collaboration).

The authors didn't find any solution to address the above concern.

The authors propose an approach that incorporates OS-wide cross-reference service provided on or built in the OS platform. The service is composed of two parts:

An OS-wide center DB that maintains all the cross-reference information, and an API library that is provided to all systems that contribute the construction of the DB and retrieve information based on needs .

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Like any common databases, CRUD operations are supported by the DB. In particular, the creation/update/deletion operations will be used to build and maintain the content of the database . Indices will be built to facilitate...