Friday, May 09, 2003

Personal Directories

The Burton Group's Jamie Lewis is fascinated by Dan Bricklin's MetaSMB: The Self-Organizing, Loosely Coupled Directory (metaSMB=small- and medium-sized business metadata) as a model for a distributed directory system. This appears to be very much like my maunderings about the "personal directory" as well as Novell's proposal for the .DIR top-level domain (TLD). Loosely coupled, personal (where "personal" simply means one person or one organization) directories perhaps using SAML for security assertion (i.e., truthfulness) are an idea whose time is just about come.

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