Advances in location aware computing and the convergence of geographic and textual information systems will require a comprehensive, extensible, information rich framework called the Information Commons Gazetteer, that can be freely disseminated to small devices in a modular fashion.
A collaboration between the Brookings Institution, 3 Rivers Connect, and MAYA Design, this paper describes some of the ways in which the Information Commons is being used as a public information space, combining geographic and socioeconomic data and building interfaces that practioners in a range of fields can use to access and understand information in ways the were previously impossible.
Though electronic media have already revolutionized the way large texts are stored and accessed, research still follows a ‘one corpus, one location’ pattern.
This paper describes a pervasive, scalable, and extensible design for distributed information objects.
This work begins with an assumption that a universal ontology is too difficult for humans to define once and for all: however, it may be possible for such an ontology to evolve in the marketplace, provided the underlying data-structure is flexible enough to permit such evolution.
In a world in which the mere click of a mouse opens up an entire world of unimaginable richness of information, the concept of “infocentricity” is not difficult to grasp.
Just as the needs of distributed, network-centric computing have demanded new design patterns, tools, and abstractions, creating the Universal Database will similarly require an architectural discontinuity from current practice.
As we begin to develop architectures to guide the engineering of context-aware computing systems, we will need to apply significantly more precision to the notion of “context” than is afforded by common usage of this term.
Collaborative systems can be considered to occupy positions along a continuum from face-to-face meetings to abstract communication.
Some say the science of complex systems had to await the advent of computers.