RE: A New CEC Project? Archiving and access

Subject: RE: A New CEC Project? Archiving and access
From: Andrew Nicols (
Date: Sun Oct 16 2005 - 10:57:29 EDT

On 15-Oct-05, at 11:56 PM, Kevin Austin wrote:

I was approached to curate a gallery. I gave up because I didn't find the
interface to be comfortable for me to use. I'm also not sure that searching
via keywords when looking for _music to listen to_ is such a good idea. I
find that initially, I don't really care if a given piece contains _analog
modular synths_, or uses sounds _recorded in Australia_, or contains
_whispers_, _train horns_, and _airport ambiences_. I just want the piece to
be interesting, challenging, surprising or meditative, for eg. OTOH, were I
to be searching a sample/recordings database for some sounds/inspiration for
a piece I'm working on about an imaginary voyage down under, I would surely
punch those very keywords in.

What if there was a user interface for logged on users to add additional
keywords about other people's work to ease searching for things and ease
gallery curators jobs. This way, they can do their best, but if someone has
additional ideas, they can be included. Obviously an additional requirement
of user keywords would be some kind of moderation, but again this is
theoretically something that would be needed to some extent in any case, and
there could also be a way for general users to report items for moderation
which slip through the net.


With regards to the user interface, depending on the server, but if there
was a decent level of access to the server, a SOAP implementation could be
made, or a simple Client GUI could be produced for curators and admins to
perform general tasks. If the gui was open source, anyone with a bit of
programming knowledge could alter to their hearts content. Whilst I realise
that this means someone actually putting the effort in, providing the
backend side was written during the site's initial construction, an API
could be produced for anyone wishing to write their own client in future on
the basis that they make whatever client they produce available to all. If
no-one writes anything, it's no biggy because there will still be a web
interface anyway.



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