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Method and system for correlation of multiple calendar events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181981D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Apr-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Apr-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 33K

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A new system is described which allows to correlate multiple calendar invitations in a calendar management system. The calendar system will assign and manage unique calendar event correlation identifiers and allows to create and process a set of rules that correlate multiple calendar events. The rules are specified by the creator of the calendar invitation/entry via a user interface

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Method and system for correlation of multiple calendar events

Disclosed is a method and system for correlation of multiple calendar events that improves prior art calendar systems.

In prior art calendar systems, entries and electronic invitations that result in calendar entries on accepting, are single entities, without any relations among them. Because of this, creating complex scenarios or giving the recipient of an invitation a choice between multiple dates needs to be done manually.

Example 1

If, for example, one wants to invite another person to a meeting and offer multiple choices of date and time, one has to send several separate invitations. The recipient then needs to accept one of the invitations and manually decline all the others. No automatic process is available to support the recipients in handling the different invitations because they are independent of each other.

Example 2

In another example, a travel agency books a travel, consisting of: taxi to the airport, flight, hotel, theater visit. To have the information about the dates available in the addressbook, the travel agency sends an invitation for each of the events to the traveller who has to accept all the invitations to have them entered into his addressbook. If the travel needs to be canceled, he will then have to delete all these events one by one without any automatic process to support him.

The State of the art does not allow automated processing of invitations based on logical rules over multiple invitations.

Recurring invitations (as in Notes) are in fact only one invitation. Within recurring invitations one can accept or decline single instances manually, not by automatical

processing of rule set.

The new system allows to correlate multiple calendar invitations and entries. A set of invitations/entries will be correlated by:
1. an unique correlation identifier which is generated by the calendar system
2. a set of rules, specified by the creator of the calendar invitation/entry via a human interface

The method works as follows:

When creating an invitation, the new user interface component allows the creation of a correlated invitation set. (see Figure 1)

The correlated invitation set consists of multiple invitations which are correlated by a correlation identifier and a set of correlation rules. (see Figure 2)

The correlation rules specify how the invitations in the set can be accepted or declined.

Each invitation within an invitation set may have an own invitee list (defined through rule set).

Figure 3 shows the flow when an invitation is accepted or declined. Figure 4 shows the functional components of the n...