[Geowanking] ***Location Linked Information***
rob at manchesterwireless.net
Thu Nov 20 10:13:39 PST 2003
On Tuesday 18 November 2003 7:05 pm, Daniel Smith wrote:
> > 3. A distributed network of databases manage the information
> >nugget pointers which are
> > URLs to actual information. Information nuggets themselves are
> >position/time/url tuples that
> > lead the viewer to further sources of data.
> Hmm, sounds like fun.
I like this a lot too :) - partly because it's sounds very similar to some
of the location based systems I've been thinking of:
It's getting a bit out of date - but it too is all about referencing data
using space + time co-ordinates. Major difference being that I envision
this as a 'file'-system, and not a web-service.
It scares me that Microsoft seem to be edging towards this via WinFS. I like
the sound of some of the ideas behind WinFS/Longhorn, but they don't have the
same space/time focus.
Anyhow, good ideas in Longhorn are likely to be crippled with a need for
backwards compatibility. The Longhorn Hype is interesting, but the actual
product will probably be very dull. All the interesting bits will get left
behind in the research lab - there's no immediate profit in the cool stuff.
> I may have not read the paper deeply enough in a 15 minute lookover,
> but I don't see enough emphasis on Time.
> Example: lets say I use some geo-tagging system to point at a restaurant
> I like. Next year, the restaurant goes out of business and
> becomes a nightclub. Do we update the data and lose the
> history of what existed in a given space before? What about
> a friend that keeps moving, etc? In a nutshell, I want
> to search on a location for last week, or for next month
> (future event).
> When I wrote up the scheme at http://ThereAndThen.org , I was
> thinking about the two indisputable axis relating to any
> given event - time and space. Without attention paid
> to time, any halfway interesting location becomes
> a blob of data to sift through - static points on
> a map that could be clutter, or could be relevant
> to a given search.
> Great paper though (even if it is from an ivory-tower
> institution ;-)
>  don't get hung up on the pure URL aspect of it. It could
> just as well be RSS, chunks of XML w/Jabber, and so on. The
> URL aspect is a very portable, bookmarkable representation.
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