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Data extraction and conversion methods and apparatuses

United States Patent Application

20070174306
A1
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Data extraction and conversion processes and apparatuses are described according to some aspects. In one aspect, a data extraction and conversion process comprises applying at least one template to the information sources, analyzing the data from the information sources according to the templates, thereby generating parsed data values, and writing the parsed data values from the information sources into a common format. The templates comprise a plurality of parsing steps in a multi-path configuration. In another aspect, an apparatus comprises a computer-readable medium having a plurality of parsing step modules and configured to receive data from the information sources, an input device configured to select and arrange at least two parsing step modules as parsing steps in a multi-path configuration, thereby creating a template, and processing circuitry configured to generate parsed data values by analyzing data from the information sources according to the template. The processing circuitry also writes the parsed data values in a common format. Both the computer-readable medium and the input device are operably connected to the processing circuitry.
Gibson, Alexander G. (West Richland, WA), Cramer, Nicholas O. (Kennewick, WA), Cowley, Wendy E. (Richland, WA), Scott, Ryan T. (West Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland WA)
11/ 330,792
January 11, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.