Data retrieval method and apparatus with multiple source capability

  • US 6,023,694 A
  • Filed: 06/29/1998
  • Issued: 02/08/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/02/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer-implemented method comprising;

  • providing a first driver which issues instructions for accessing data stored in a first data source, said first data source having a first data source structure, said first driver containing program instructions configured for use in connection with said first data source, wherein said first data source includes data identifiers in a first language;

    using said first drivers to automatically obtain first information about said first data source structure without the need for human analysis of the first data source;

    determining a structure for an object database from said first data source structure, wherein said structure for said object database is different from said first data source structure;

    creating a database for storing at least some data from said first data source, said database having said structure determined in said step of determining a structure;

    wherein said database includes data identifiers in a second language, different from said first language.

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