Glossary of Important Terms and Concepts

The following glossary can prove useful to our partners in approaching automated content creation. We have sorted these definitions in a logical order of “conception” to “delivery”: 

Method and apparatus for automated authoring and marketing: An approach for automatic authoring, marketing, and/or distributing of title material. A computer automatically authors material. The material is automatically formatted into a desired format, resulting in a title material. The title material may also be automatically distributed to a recipient. Meta material, marketing material, and control material are automatically authored and if desired, distributed to a recipient. Further, the title material may be authored on demand, such that it may be in any desired language and with the latest version and content.


Original work of authorship: Works of authorship include title materials, such as literary works; musical works, including the lyrics; dramatic works, including any accompanying music; pictorial or graphical works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and any compilations and/or derivative works or the work of authorship; and other materials.


Materials:  Any information and data capable of being used in a title material, for example text, audio, video, descriptive, tabular, artistic, and/or graphical information.


Title material: Publishable and/or authored work, such as literary works, serial publications, theatrical plays, books, including fiction and nonfiction works (for example, but not limited to, reference books, market research reports, travel guides, company competitive analyses, industry reports, company reports, management consulting reports, technical documents, and the like), newsletters, magazines, computer instructions, software, software publications, Internet publications, computer-based content, Internet web sites, musical scores, screen plays, video productions, holographic or 3D works, virtual reality works, and the like. Alternatively, title material includes any work that is capable of being associated with a unique identification alpha-numeric code, for example a unique alpha-numeric identifier that is used to identify the work or a catalog number. Title material also includes any work that is capable of being associated with a unique alpha-numeric codes, such as an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), a UPC (Uniform Product Code), a library number (such as the Library of Congress identifier), a bar code, an item number, an SKU (Stock Keeping Unit), a number code, a case law number, a docket number, an abstract number, a year of publication, a chapter code, and the like. Title material can also includes any authored or published work that is to be commercially available. Title materials can include any work with an alpha-numeric numbering system that is observable or intended to be observable within the public domain.


Marketing material: Includes information used to market, disseminate knowledge of, or promote title material. Marketing materials publicize or announce title materials to various audiences, including remote servers that post electronic announcements. Marketing material includes public relations works, press releases, product announcements, brochures, flyers, billboards or outdoor copy, video, audio, magazine or print media copy, emails, banners, displays or similar materials, etc.


Meta material: Includes materials used to describe title material. Meta materials may be used in the publishing and media industries to catalog and/or promote title material. Meta materials describe title material to publishers, resellers, distributors, industry associations, industry organizations, government organizations, or end-users such as libraries or individuals. Further, meta materials may include text, graphics, numerical data, coverings (such as a book jacket, a CD jacket, videotape jacket, or the like) or other information that is used to describe the title material. Additionally, meta material may include, but is not limited to, information regarding the price of the title material, the length in pages or time of the title material, the language of the title material, the physical or electronic format of the title material, the binding or packaging of the title material, an abstract of the title material's content, an alpha-numeric identification number of the title material, subject codes or text of the title material, comments from the author of the title material, comments from the publisher of the title material, credits related to the title material, endorsements of the title material, reviews of the title material, a table of contents of the title material, date of publication of the title material, place of publication of the title material, name of the publisher or producer of the title material, address of the publisher or producer of the title material, or the like. Further, meta material includes meta files and/or metadata.


Control materials: Includes any information used to control, track, index or account for title material. Control material include items in meta, title or marketing materials, but may also include information used for inventory control, billing, financial accounting, stock keeping, information relating to the target audience, and cataloging information used for internal control.


Database files:  Includes modules, queries, macros, reports, tables, templates, graphics, automation programs, audio and video files, data files, material files, information in a database, document files, and the like.


Genre:  A genre is a group or series of title materials having common characteristics or using similar procedures to be authored. Genres include, for example, a series of market research reports having similar formats, logical statements, calculations, graphics, or patterns with different content for each title material within the genre. A genre of materials may include multiple materials having similar characteristics.


Recipient: A recipient is any individual, entity, computer, or the like, that is capable of receiving title, meta, marketing, and/or control materials authored by the present invention. For example, a recipient may include a distributor or an end-user of the title material.


User: A user includes any individual, entity, computer, or the like, that is using the system of the present invention to automatically author, distribute, and/or market title materials.


End-user: An end-user includes any individual, entity, computer, or the like, that is to be the ultimate consumer of the title material.


System of networked computers:  Any system of multiple computers that are directly or indirectly interconnected by any types of electronic connections, including connections via hardwire, Ethernet, token ring, modem, digital subscriber line, cable modem, wireless, radio, satellite, and combinations thereof. Such connections may be implemented using copper wire, fiber optics, radio waves, coherent light, or other media. The system of networked computers may be the Internet, an intranet, a secure virtual private network (VPN), or any other system of computers that are interconnected by electronic connections. As used herein, the term "network" refers to any such system of networked computers, including the Internet. Likewise, as used herein, the expression "providing a system of networked computers" means creating a network specifically for the purpose of facilitating the present invention or simply connecting to an existing network for the purpose of facilitating the present invention.


Computer: Any general-purpose machine that processes data according to a set of instructions that is stored internally either temporarily or permanently, including, but not limited to, a general purpose computer, workstation, laptop computer, personal computer, set top box, web access device (such as MSN® TV (Microsoft Corporation)), cable television, satellite television, broadband network, an electronic viewing or listening device, any other type of computer, wireless devices, such as a personal digital assistant (PDA), cellular or mobile telephones, electronic handheld units for the wireless receipt and/or transmission of data (such as a BlackBerry®. (Research In Motion Limited)), or the like.

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