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- Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Utilizing the Web's Whole Information Space, i.e., Mechanisms/Patterns of Information Usage and Formation?
- From: "Costello, Roger L." <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 14:38:51 -0500
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- Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Utilizing the Web's Whole Information Space, i.e., Mechanisms/Patterns of Information Usage and Formation?
Thanks a lot for your comments! The issue is becoming clearer in my
mind. Hopefully I can articulate the vision that is emerging.
For my clients, all that matters is to get the information to the
decision-makers. It is the "information" that is critical. The
decision-makers don't care what technology was used. As long as they
can get the information, that's all that matters.
What are the mechanisms/patterns that people use to create and
transform information? I identify some of them:
A. Web services can be built to provide information to the
decision-makers. Web services are a useful mechanism/pattern for
creating and transforming information. But it is only one
mechanism/pattern. There are many other mechanisms/patterns.
B. RSS is another mechanism/pattern. The decision-maker can get his
information through an RSS feed, and by following the links in the RSS
So now we see two mechanisms/patterns for getting information to the
decision-makers. That is, we see two mechanisms/patterns for creating
and transforming information.
C. Let's consider another mechanism/pattern. A traditional web site
(e.g., Amazon) provides information, and it can also be sent
information. The information is typically viewed through a browser.
So now we see three mechanisms/patterns that people use for creating
and transforming information:
- web services
- traditional web sites
And there are other mechanisms/patterns such as blogs, IM, email.
To my clients (the decision-makers) these mechanisms/patterns are all
the same ... they are all mechanisms/patterns that people use to create
and transform information. Collectively they result in creating a
global "space of information". It is the richness of this information
space that is important, not the particular technologies that is used
to create the information.
1. How do we effectively utilize this global information space?
2. Can we use these mechanisms/patterns in a holistic, integrated
3. Can the global information space be used in a fashion such that the
underlying mechanisms/patterns that were used to create the information
4. What are key mechanisms/patterns that are used to populate the
global space of information - web services, RSS, traditional web sites,
blogs, IM, email, what else?