Differentiating technology and intellectual capital
Most data is defined by the characteristics and formats of the constraining container (e.g. database) in which it resides. The data is passive. Sentient technology makes data active by integrating three patented innovations.
- By packaging state and relationship information with data, it transforms them into intelligent data agents or knowledge entities.
- A unifying and lightweight handling environment.
- The data agents populate a virtual global data pool.
The result is an entirely new way of using information.
Background technology: theory of operation
IO Informatics software transforms isolated, incompatible data sets into virtual databases. The data can be viewed, searched, annotated, analyzed, updated, linked, and moved quickly and intuitively without mark ups, standards, software wrapping middleware, or server clusters. Any data can be included, including text, graphics, web content, movies, sounds, and so on, and is accessible at the pixel, byte, column/row, and file level.
Data selected for the virtual databases is linked via very small software entities called Intelligent Multidimensional Objects (IMOs) and can be housed locally, on a network or in centralized storage. IMOs operate independently of (and are therefore able to accommodate) any known file format and application. For the first time, users can query (search), link, correlate, and manipulate data sets of any mixture of graphics, text, XML, web content, sounds, movies, proprietary databases, and proprietary file formats. In addition, for the first time, users have cross-database access to the data itself, not just to file names or header content.
IMOs are simple to create via drag-and-drop, mouse capture, web searches, or form-based queries, and can be created manually or in batches. Although they may identify very large data sets, IMOs are quite small and so decrease network traffic relative to other data-access techniques. An intrinsic record-keeping function allows an IMO to keep track of its status and history, and permits auditing and processing rollback. IMOs also enable single byte-level permissions and security.
These IMOs are active “data agents.” The technology provides awareness on state, location, content and actions on the data level rather than the applications. Thus, it delivers intelligence by connecting data of any format providing decision tools that integrate all available information. This transforms query, analysis, and processing from the bottom up by addressing data subsets directly via vector- and pointer-methods “workspaces”, defined by vector subsets [VSS]), enhancing performance while minimizing input/output operations and network traffic. Thus, larger data sets can be handled concurrently without additional hardware.