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Data Provision and Harvest Via Web Automation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014374D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Craig Becker Stew Nickolas Wayne Vicknair

Abstract

Disclosed is a scheme wherein a data source provider provides a "bare interface" for XML data delivery via HTTP over the World Wide Web. The data source provider makes available (either for free or for money) the interface details needed to query the data, plus knowledge of the XML structure of the data (via DTD, documentation, or both). On the receiving end, the data consumer takes the XML data and (in an exemplary implementation) uses XSL to render the data into a page format consistent with the rest of the consumer's website. For example, a consumer wants to put a stock market ticker on their web page. A number of services provide stock market quotations, but one must actually visit the provider's website to see the data. Using the scheme herein, a consumer could build a widget that acquires the market data from a source and renders it as an animated stock ticker on their web page. 1