The Software Patent Institute Database of Software Technologies consists of descriptions of software technologies. Each record in the database is all or a portion of a source document that is generally not readily available on-line or in electronic form elsewhere. In particular, we do not include patents and most current trade publications; we are interested in the "folklore" of the computing industry.
Our source documents include computer manuals, older textbooks and older journal articles, conference proceedings, computer science theses, and other such materials, since these are where pointers may be found to prior art. The Database Manual Index will lead to you pages that discuss the individual fields of each record in more detail, and serve as a reference while you are using the search facility.