System and method for aggregating distributed data

  • US 6,148,298 A
  • Filed: 12/23/1998
  • Issued: 11/14/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for aggregating distributed information comprising:

  • identifying a plurality of data sources each having an address;

    storing site specific information describing idiosyncrasies of each data source;

    receiving a plurality of user criteria including information relating to a target data source;

    generating a plurality of query messages to a plurality of data sources based upon the received criteria and the stored idiosyncrasy information, wherein at least one of the plurality of data sources is a non-target data source;

    for each query message, generating a communication packet comprising the generated query message and an address for the corresponding data source;

    creating a plurality of communication ports with each port associated with one of the communication packets; and

    sending each communication packet over its associated port to the addressed data source.

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