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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Data available on the Internet is searchable using various search engines. However, search result data may not be useful in the form presented or may only be useful after the user manually retrieves the data by copying and pasting the information or by manually typing the data into another document.
"Using the Internet to identify people, places or businesses in a specific geographical location is difficult because search strings entered in search engines typically result in a myriad of data being presented to the user, some of which may not be useful. For example, searching for a company having a common address may result in retrieval of data for multiple companies having the common address. In addition, searching for a person or business in a specific geographical location may yield results for persons or businesses in the geographical area as well as outside of the location of interest. For each of these search results the user is required to sort through a large volume of information to identify useful information.
"In addition, generating lists of people, places or businesses in a particular locale using the Internet as a search tool is labor intensive because each list entry needs to be entered by the user, which may involve various data manipulation functions such as manual copying and pasting, typing, parsing, and/or formatting. As a result, those desiring to generate a list of people and/or businesses in a certain location have resorted to manual entry of phone listings from printed phone books. When places, e.g., properties, are to be identified, a user is required to enter property search criteria one-by-one.
"Accordingly, there is a need for a system and method capable of generating lists of relevant information for people, places and for businesses within a geographical area."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Various embodiments of the invention address the issues described above by providing an automated system and method for mining text data related to businesses and/or consumers and/or places by publicly available information on the Internet.
"According to one embodiment, a method for automatically acquiring a set of data includes opening a searchable Internet database; initiating an automated timed search of each one of a plurality of records, where for each record in the plurality of records, a portion of the record comprises common criteria with the other records; retrieving information associated with the searched record; and providing the retrieved information in a desired format.
"In another embodiment, an application programming interface allowing user control includes processes for generating a record set of search criteria, each record in the set comprising a portion of common criteria; automatically executing in a searchable Internet database a search of each record in the record set; and identifying and retrieving search results for each record searched.
"These and other features and advantages of aspects of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, where it is shown and described illustrative embodiments, including best modes contemplated for carrying out the invention. As it will be realized, the various aspects of the invention are capable of modifications in various obvious respects, all without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. Accordingly, the drawings and detailed description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature and not restrictive.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 depicts a flowchart of a method for acquiring a set of data.
"FIG. 2 depicts a flowchart of a method for acquiring consumer and/or business data.
"FIG. 3A depicts flowchart of a method for acquiring census data by zip code.
"FIG. 3B depicts a set of census data collected using the method of FIG. 3A.
"FIG. 4 depicts a screenshot of a database creation page.
"FIG. 5 depicts a screenshot of a screenshot of a database management tool.
"FIG. 6 depicts a screenshot of an import and append data tool.
"FIG. 7 depicts a screenshot of a state unlock utility.
"FIG. 8 depicts a screenshot of another database creation page.
"FIG. 9 depicts a flowchart of processes implemented by an application programming interface.
"FIG. 10 depicts a screenshot of a property tax data search by land parcel ID."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Kravcik, Hal. Internet Data Mining Method and System. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Mining.
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