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Method and apparatus for enhanced e -mail filtering and routing employing directory -based information and policies


2004 2004

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Abstract (summary)

E-mail has proven to be an important tool, but the sheer volume of e-mail messages and the emergence of unsolicited e-mail hamper e-mail use. Routing important or urgent e-mail quickly and efficiently can be difficult because common filtering decisions used to separate wanted e-mail from unwanted are based only on information contained in the e-mail, such as the To, From, Subject, and Body portions of the message.

This investigation resulted in the design and development of a model, method, and apparatus to apply directory-held information and policies to e-mail filtering and routing decisions. The policies are expressed in Extensible Markup Language (XML) statements and expand filtering and routing decision sources to include information contained in the directory as well as information contained in the e-mail. The prototype apparatus developed, the Message Filtering and Routing Agent (MeFRA), does not replace existing filtering mechanisms but adds an additional means for handling messages.

MeFRA policies are stored in a network directory in XML fragments that are assembled by the MeFRA system into a valid XML document. This XML document is then processed using standard XML Document Object Model mechanisms and executed by MeFRA.

MeFRA uses the Microsoft Active Directory as the repository for directory information and MeFRA policies. MeFRA operates as an agent program working in conjunction with the Microsoft Outlook 2003 e-mail program and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 e-mail system. MeFRA is written in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Computer science
Classification
0984: Computer science
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Directory-based information; E-mail filtering
Title
Method and apparatus for enhanced e -mail filtering and routing employing directory -based information and policies
Author
Gardner, David L.
Number of pages
196
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
1191
Source
DAI-B 65/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496156337, 0496156330
Advisor
Littman, Marlyn Kemper
University/institution
Nova Southeastern University
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3155321
ProQuest document ID
305046884
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305046884
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