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Preface

Preface

Both the authors became hooked on Fluidinfo through reading obscure material on the Web by its visionary creator, Terry Jones (@terrycojones).

Nick Radcliffe (@njr) had known Terry from conferences in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when they both did PhDs focusing on representation issues in genetic algorithms. They lost contact for over a decade, but then Radcliffe stumbled upon Terry’s personal website, which included a set of papers “rejected by numerous journals and conferences.” These discussed information storage and espoused the view that operating systems and the Internet focus on the wrong organizational structure. The papers mapped out a vision in which, rather than being placed in particular locations, data was simply dropped into a storage system and annotated with metadata in the form of attributes that could be used to search, query, relate, and locate different it....


  

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