Part Two: Intelligent Access
The most interesting issue for users now is the relationship between storage fees and content control.
As storage prices get lower and lower, the volume of content that winds up in one place makes intelligent access more and more necessary.
The needed intelligence involves at least three steps of development.
One step in gaining intelligent access is smart search engines. We are already accustomed to having them find anything left anywhere that is public. With personal storage accounts in the cloud, a similar kind of discovery requires a way for us to give each other permission to get into each other’s storage locations.
That requirement is satisfied by our declaring public areas within our personal storage, or by having an automated way to grant access permission case-by-case to private areas within our personal storage.
Once the content is accessible, the top priority is to get just the content that is most relevant to the immediate need. Since that need is less predictable if the need is unattended by the content supplier, the requirement is met by having the content itself advertise its suitability to an anticipated searcher.
And finally, the use of the accessed content may range among four types of circulation:
– personal use of public content
– personal use of private content
– group use of public content
– group use of private content
Making these decisions about access to our cloud content means that we become content managers. Storage becomes based on the expected future use and desired impact.
It stands to reason that different cloud storage systems may all offer those three flavors of intelligent access — discovery, relevance and circulation. This means that circulation may be equally flexible from any one of them.
In the non-corporate arena alone, many choices already exist with strong evidence of being around for the foreseable future, including:
However, a user may store content in more than one system as well as use the different systems in different ways. This is an additional unpredictable element underlying whether searching for content will satisfy the desire for the most useful results.
When you use eXie, you take advantage of a strategy that is already proven in the past and is becoming decisive again going forward: content cataloging.
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