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A Method for Structuring Unstructured Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213139D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 33K

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Disclosed is a method for structuring data such that a user can more easily locate the data/application state they require by using their own keywords. The user tags the resource with keywords and uses an interface to access the linked resources.

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A Method for Structuring Unstructured Data

Navigation through data and application hierarchies occupies a significant amount of a computer user's day. For example, trying to remember the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the web page that one uses to change their password or how to access a previously run report from their application often requires searching through bookmarks or navigating through many application states. Each of these approaches can be time consuming, and since they are performed hundreds of times a day, the overall time is considerable. At best, a search engine can be included which uses a formula to determine the relevance of search words to the resource (e.g., web page). In the case of applications or intranets, the in-application search mechanisms or search engines are home-grown and ineffective.

This invention enables the user to easily and immediately find the data/application state they require by using their own keywords. The user tags the resource with keywords and uses an interface to access the linked resources. This has the benefit of leveraging the user's interpretation of a resource which may differ from other people's view and hence differ from a generic search engine. This practice removes the interpretation involved in searching.

By profiling (i.e., tagging flows of states) resources, a user can capture the knowledge they have gained by going through web pages or application states. Another benefit is the ability to share this information across users so that other users can leverage navigation and searching time spent.

This information is persisted in a centrally accessible location so that the user does not have copy or synchronize the tag information to each client they use. In the event that a user wishes to have private usage, then the data can be kept locally.

No current solution ties together all aspects of this invention to deliver the same time savings.

The invention persists a many-to-many relationship between keywords and URLs. (See Figure) Here, the URL is applied in its generic sense, including web page URLs as well as Mail URLs, network file locations, File Transfer Protocol locations, and any other addressable resource.

The information is kept in a central data store accessible from anywhere to avoid client duplication. Simple addition, modification, and retrieval interfaces are available to expand and maintain the data sets. The keyword URL links are user specific to allow personal ownership of these relationships to each user.

Figure: Many-to-many relationship between keyword and URL that is also user specific


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Simple interfaces optimize the time spent adding and retrieving the information. For example, with a search of the keyw...