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Patent Issued for Distributed Scalable Policy Based Content Management

August 19, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- TrueContext Corporation (Kanata, Ontario, CA) has been issued patent number 8799242, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Leonard, Glenda Ann (Ottawa, CA); Eisener, Thane (Kanata, CA); Craddock, Julian (Maderia Park, CA); Rochow, Waldo (Cummberland, CA); Haskins, Paul (Manotick, CA).

This patent was filed on October 8, 2004 and was published online on August 5, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Today, the majority of digital content resides within computer based file systems. We use the file systems to manage our digital content by organizing it, distributing it, and controlling access in much the same way as filing cabinets manage paper-based content. Typically within an organization, digital content may be distributed across many different types of devices, linked by many different types of networks and that content may be accessed and controlled by many different types of users, on many different types of devices, under many different types of business situations.

"Content management systems are becoming increasingly complex in terms of the amount of content, the number of users, the number of different devices and locations from which content is provided and must be distributed to, and the constant changing nature of business processes that use content. Enterprise IT departments are challenged to provide reliable, cost effective solutions that allow policies to be efficiently and dynamically defined in a manner that content management systems can execute in an efficient and scalable fashion. A well-implemented solution would allow users to use policies to tailor the content management system to the specific needs of the individual users in a manner that does not require any structural changes to the underlying system."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for defining and constraining the behavior of a shared, mobile content management system is disclosed. The method includes providing an admin console for defining, modifying, and managing declarative policies. Declarative policies are defined based on an XML policy model. The XML policy model dictates the policies that can be expressed by the admin console. The defined declarative policies are enacted without requiring the content management system to be restarted, reconfigured, or re-implemented. An XML-based policy wizard definition language is provided to define policy wizards in the admin console that guide an administrator through the steps of creating and editing the policies. Additionally, at least one policy repository based on LDAP is provided. The at least one policy repository has an interface and is adapted to store a plurality of declarative policies. The policy repository has scalable and distributed capabilities.

"According to another embodiment of the present invention, a shared, mobile content management system is disclosed. The content management system comprises an XML based declarative policy model for specifying and editing content policies. The declarative policy model including a declarative language of the form UPON IF THEN . A policy wizard for specifying: (a) new policies in a XML representation that captures a system specifying when at least one should be evaluated; (b) that the at least one must be true in order for the policy to be applied, and at least one policy that must be performed when the at least one policy evaluates to true. A content management engine is adapted to evaluate the policies specified by the policy wizard.

"According to another embodiment of the present invention, a content management system is disclosed. The content management system comprises a policy repository for storing a plurality of policy definition files therein. The policy definition files are written in a policy wizard definition language. An admin console automatically generates policy wizard user interfaces based the policy definition files. The admin console is adapted to specify the policy wizard user interfaces in XML as a sequence of steps that must be performed in a certain order. The policy wizard user interfaces being capable of guiding a user through the sequence of steps to create a policy. The admin console can map local and distributed LDAP DNs, system defined triggers, external triggers, systems actions, external actions, system conditions, and external conditions to natural language expressions for presentation via the generated policy wizard user interfaces.

"The above summary of the present invention is not intended to represent each embodiment, or every aspect, of the present invention. Additional features and benefits of the present invention are apparent from the detailed description, figures, and claims set forth below."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Leonard, Glenda Ann; Eisener, Thane; Craddock, Julian; Rochow, Waldo; Haskins, Paul. Distributed Scalable Policy Based Content Management. U.S. Patent Number 8799242, filed October 8, 2004, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, TrueContext Corporation, Information and Data Aggregation.

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