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Content network

This page describes a content network of creators, repositories, and services, identifying core components needed to facilitate exchange of knowledge and the forming of new persistent connections over time within the network.

The basic elements of the network include resources, collections, activities, and services. Goals of the network include

  • providing access to raw data and creative works
  • providing communication and publishing tools
  • allowing creators to build and share their own views and services (on top of the network. )


- a single element that does not provide ready access to smaller components: a file, annotation, link or other datum. This could be a single bit, a zero-length file, a disk image, or a long flash movie.
- a set of resources and other collections with any level of interactivity, from a directory of files to an interactive database, offering direct access to its components. For example, a browsable world atlas from 2005 [Atl2005], or a UNEP geodatabase of water pollution levels from 2002 [WPGeo-UNEP2002], or a friend's slideshow from Paris [SliP].
- a set of tools and interfaces that can create new resources and/or share them. usually separates data from interface and allows importing and exporting data serts. For instance a map-editor [MapEd], a geodatabase editor [GeoDBEd], or a slideshow creator/publisher [SlideShower]
- an interface or tool that can be made available to other activities on a local system, and published to other people on the network, which will take in input and.

Example services

Far-reaching services

Library : an interface for browsing and searching collections currently accessible [to the user] via the network; and for requesting new collections

Bulletin Board : an interface for browsing and publishing short resources, primarily messages and links

Short-range services

Mesh browser, an interface for browsing the network of nearby machines and creating, saving, and traversing views by group, inferred location, and the like. Example: current "Group" and "Neighborhood" views

Journal view, an interface for browsing the history of actions and collaborations of a person or group. Example: current single-user Journal interface

Repository caching: A service that supports local caching of collections of materials fetched from {elsewhere in one's own domain, a friend, a local supernode, the Internet}. A use case in prose (moved from content repositories, originally added w/out signature) is on the talk page.