A PATENT APPLICATION WITH SOME OVER-BROAD CLAIMS ON synchronizing groups of files from a storage system to a client device - This application from Citrix seeks to patent the idea of...Selecting groups of files to copy from a storage system to a client device! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Feb 14, 2013 that discusses:
- Selecting groups of files to copy together when synchronizing a client device
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO scores files based on relevancy to determine whether they should be synchronized as part of a group of files
TITLE: Synchronizing groups of files to client device
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for synchronizing data between client device and storage system, comprising: selecting a set of files which are related to a particular file based on any selection criteria and copying those files to from the storage system to the client device
- Publication Number: US 20130212067 A1
- Application Number: US 13/767,510
- Assignee: Citrix
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Feb 14, 2013
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 2/11/2014
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Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method of synchronizing data between a client device and a storage repository, the method comprising:
Establishing a communications channel between the client device and the storage repository;
From a storage location for files to be synchronized between the client device and the storage repository, selecting a set of files which is related to a particular file based on a set of selection criteria; and
While the communications channel is established, copying data of the selected set of files between the client device and the storage repository to synchronize the selected set of files between the client device and the storage repository.
In English this means:
A method for sychronizing data between a client device and a storage system, comprising:
Connecting the client device and the storage system
Selecting a set of files which is related to a particular file based on any selection criteria
Copying the set of files to/from the storage system to the client device
While the features of claim 1 seem old and that claim may be quickly rejected, as the claims get narrower they get closer to what the applicant seems to consider important.
This application is about files that are given an overall figure of merit that is used to decide what gets automatically moved to the client and in what order or priority. They are trying to solve the problem of having much more stored in the cloud than you want to dedicate space to on the client, but to still have synced copies of things locally,hopefully before you need them, by heuristics predicting your needs based on this overall figure of merit that involves frequency of access and access to things with similar names or in nearby folders.
The examiner will not need our help to reject Claim 1. See Claim 5 below:
A method as in claim 4 wherein providing, for each file of the group of files, the respective overall score includes:
applying each file relevancy factor of the set of file relevancy factors to each file of the group of files to generate a set of relevancy scores for that file, and for each file,
aggregating the set of relevancy scores for that file to generate an aggregate score as the respective overall score for that file, the selected set of files being distinguished from the remaining files of the group based on the aggregate score generated for each file.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to Feb 14, 2013
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming scoring files based on relevancy to determine whether they should be synchronized as part of a group of files
"Selecting groups of files to synchronize together from the Applicant"
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