Re: PiggyBank install feedback

From: MacKenzie Smith <kenzie_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 18:38:02 -0400

 From a usability perspective, my opinion is that there should be 3 stages:

1. collect -- combines 1 and 2. I don't see why anyone would go to the
bother of collecting a bunch of RDF that they didn't want to save beyond
the browser session... what's the use case for that?

2. copy -- is the one you call persist now. It makes a copy on a server.
Persist is a rather strange choice of word for this since it's no more
persistent on the server than it is on the client... depends on who runs
the bank, no? I agree that deposit isn't the right term either, so let's
just call it what it is.

3. publish -- is publish, i.e. make visible to the rest of the world from
the server copy.


At 12:07 PM 10/5/2005 -0700, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
>There are 4 stages for content in the piggy-bank/semantic-bank ecosystem,
>2 on piggy-bank's end and 2 on semantic-bank's end.
> 1) collected -> the data is collected from the web site, transformed
> accordingly to scrapers or various of our RDFizing tools and stored in a
> temporary location for the entire browsing session. When the browser is
> shut down that data is cleaned up. This action is triggered by clicking
> on the data coin.
> 2) saved -> the data is copied from the collected stage into the local
> persistent triple store in your firefox. This is stored on your local
> disk, one per firefox profile. This is triggered by pressing the "save" button.
> 3) persisted -> the data is copied from the local profile store into
> your private semantic bank account(s), this data does not get mixed with
> everybody's data. This is meant to be a way for you to: a) save your data
> in a more persistent way (backup on a server) b) share data from
> different browsers on different machines. This is accessed by going to
> [bank URL]/[account-name]
>for example my account on the SIMILE semantic bank is
>This is triggered by pressing the "persist" button.
> 4) publish -> the data is copied from the local profile store into your
> semantic bank account(s) but then it's also copied in the "global" bank
> store, for everybody else to consume (the one that you see on the main
> semantic bank page). This is triggered by pressing the "publish" button.
> Note that publishing does persisting automatically.
>I always thought that "persist" should be call "deposit", but some here
>argue that the bank metaphore is being stretched a little bit thin
>already, since there is no notion of "sharing your money" in a bank.
Received on Wed Oct 05 2005 - 22:33:06 EDT

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