Using User Profile Data to Highlight Information Displayed on a Page, such as a Wiki
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-04
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Disclosed is a system and method to use author profile data as criteria which a wiki user can select in order to more easily filter information and locate what they need. The invention highlights all of the content on a wiki page that is authored by people who fit the selected criteria.
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Using User Profile Data to Highlight Information Displayed on a Page , such as a Wiki
On a collaborative web site, such as a wiki, a multitude of users may add or change the wiki content. Wikis track the changes made as well as the authors of the changes. The authors who change the wiki content may come from many different backgrounds. Some of the content may be more detailed, interesting, useful, or credible to the reader depending on the background of the author. However, currently in such collaborative web sites, it is not easy to highlight or see these differences. Doing so would provide a helpful information filter for the user.
One solution relevant or similar to the disclosed invention is a wiki extension that uses highlighting to indicate the level of credibility in a line on a wiki. (1) The new invention is different in that it is not trying to indicate the trustworthiness of a statement on a wiki, but highlights information that may be more interesting to the reader based on profile data of authors.
The disclosed invention takes advantage of authors' profile data and uses it to allow a reader to select a certain category(s) (e.g., gender, customer, developer, support, etc.). As a result, the invention highlights all of the content on a wiki page that is authored by people who fit the category (or categories), allowing the user to more easily filter the information and locate what they need.
This invention is easily implemented by extending current wiki software. Wiki software can already track which changes were made by which authors, and when. Wiki software can be extended to use profile information to select certain text to highlight or load.
If one section of a wiki is authored by personA, and is then later overwritten by personB, a wiki normally displays the contributions of personB. In this invention, if personA (and not personB) fits the category selected by the reader, then the contributions written by personA are displayed instead.
If multiple categories are selected, contributions that correspond to each category may be displayed in a different color. Also, differences between different versions of the article (based upon selection of category) are an easy extension using this invention.
The categories (retrieved from profiles) that are displayed may be...