Re: new ? resource discovery idea

Johnson M J <>
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Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 16:30:41 +0000 (GMT)
From: Johnson M J <>
Subject: Re: new ? resource discovery idea
To: Martin Hamilton <>
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> [ Mark said: ]
> /                                                           By
> / joining individual subject spaces to a global subject space, the
> / resources are discovered and organised by the users, without any
> / extra effort.  Once a global subject space is populated with
> / resources, it can be used by individuals to discover resources
> / by searching and browsing it.
> Just me being curious really, but what is this global subject space,
> and how are you going to populate it?  If we're just talking about
> putting things onto a single server (remember the NCSA annotation
> server :-) then fair enough - I was wondering if there might be
> anything more to it!

I use _global_ to mean a service used by several people, be it everyone 
at a department, or all internet users.  So yes - just a server.
The annotation server is new to me, so thanks for putting me onto it!
The original idea is that a global subject space grows as it is used,
users _pay_ for its help by sending their own subject spaces.  Of course,
no one will use it if it's empty!  Two ideas are to manually build an
internet begginers guide, and to use WAIS indexes, to start it off.