Counting The Ways


In just five words, what does eXie do?

Catalog curated reference content online.

Let’s break that down.

Content is a package of ideas or material that present, describe or explain an event, action or experience. Literally, the particular ideas or material are “contained” by something that is used both to store them and to “ship” them without them becoming separated from each other.

Cataloging applies classifications that represent the content user’s mentality, moreso than the concepts within the content itself. This is important because any piece of content may get used in a variety of contexts, and the context is how the user attributes importance and tries to interpret the content.

Curating applies a particular point of view as a selective criterion for including something in a collection of content. For the most part, a provider or presenter of content is the curator, and the selections represent their interpretation instead of the content recipient’s.

Reference is a type of content with a relatively long-term lifespan, which is expected to have a preferred version that is used for a purpose. This is different from things that are not meant to be saved and reused, or are not meant to be a standard or a proof of anything. Many kinds of messages, notes, and entertainment items are examples of things that are not reference types; they are useful but intentionally disposable due to no expectation that reusing them later, unchanged, is “important”.

Online is the condition of being located at and presentable from an internet web address. The surprising thing is how easily we have accepted “online” as the internet equivalent of “on the air”. And the most interesting thing to note is that neither “on the air” nor “online” really is about the repository of the content. Instead, it is about the provider’s delivery channel and the user’s access point.


With eXie, there is a huge amount of flexibility in cataloging curated reference content online.

Anyone can make a catalog. A single collection of content can be the source of many different catalogs. Each catalog gives a certain meaningful and consistent way to engage the content in the collection. The catalog-maker can also be the catalog’s primary user themself.

Anyone can be a curator. This is especially meaningful to individuals who have some kind of preference or expertise. With eXie, the individual can easily define the way they want to choose and save groups of content that represent their preference or expertise.

Reference content is often globally advertised as such, but the eXie user can easily decide to use any particular content as an item in a personal reference collection. As long as the item continues to satisfy the “reference” purpose, it is easy to find and re-use. When it stops meeting the desire or need, it is easy to replace or exclude.

Content that is accessible online can be offered for public use, or for the extreme opposite. But by being online, any allowed user can reach the content from any time or place where the web itself is suitably accessible. The web address of the accessible content can always be reused in eXie where the reason for using it is also very well promoted.


So who are the obvious winners in using eXie?

Here are just a few ways that we can identify them by simply noting some typical pairs of activity. And any one eXie user may act in many of these different ways. This list is easy to expand and continue:

Publishers combine curating and cataloging.

Planners combine cataloging and referencing.

Researchers combine referencing and online access.

Teachers combine curating and referencing.

Promoters combine curating and online access.


Finally, an eXie user can take on those roles and benefits just for themselves, or for any number of other people, and with other people, online. With eXie, regardless of these many roles and users, the method of getting the work done is always the same. When you know how to use eXie for one of them, you have already learned most of how to do the other roles as well.


exie is a completely online application used with online content through your web browser. There is nothing to install, and all work is stored online. Sign up now for an exclusive individual account, and be automatically joined with the eXie user community in eXieCloud.