4. GSSD PATENT

Networked database system for geographically dispersed global sustainability data

Inventors: Nazli Choucri, Juliana Kousoum

United States Patent #5752023
Date of Patent: May 12, 1998

"A system of computers and implemented method for identifying and organizing data relating to a global problem into a plurality of hierarchies of interrelated categories stored on a plurality of computer systems interconnected by a network. Each category of the hierarchies is divided into a topic having at least one concept and datatype. The method includes the steps of defining the connectivities between data among and within the hierarchies of interrelated categories stored on the plurality of computer systems; providing a mapping between the data related to each category and the computer systems storing the data; and providing access for each of the entities to the data within any of the categories stored on any of the computer systems in response to the mapping."

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