Much like people live in different environments e.g. at home, at work, on the street and interact with different social groups e.g. family, company, school, church, club etc. they should be able to use diffent environments on the web. So far private data and applications have been located on private PCs and mobile phones. However, it was difficult to access and manage devices, data and applications. Data and services in the web can now be conveniently exploited at low cost using the web and mobile infrastructure. Low cost and convenient services are now in the reach of private users.
Social network services have been made popular by Facebook and Google and many people have learned how to use advanced cooperation on the web. However, these large public services do not provide the kind of ownership, privacy and security we enjoy in our homes. Therefore the large systems have to be complented with private infrastructure much like countries, cities, homes, rooms are structuring our environment.
Privat Portal Ecosystem
Private Portals are the next step in the evolution towards an user centric view of information and applications at home, at work and on the web. Much like people have customized their PCs, people now can customize their portals to local and web based systems according to their needs. Users are no longer restricted to working with a single application on a specific web site. They can aggregate information views and applications in a world wide network including services delivered through web services technology. Instead of creating a working environment with multiple environments windows, people now can organize and manage workplaces and their social networks suited for their daily work using PCs, mobile phones, media stations or in car systems. Private Portals are not limited by commercial
This site will address aspects of using this new portal technology to meet people’s need. It will also discuss innovative ways how to use private portal technology and propose extensions in order to create a portal ecosystem where people use the systems to create new cooperative organisations which are reliable, secure and managed by the people themselves. They must not longer rely on commercial organisations like Facebook and Google which flood the users with advertisings and deprive the users of their privace and ownership of their private data.
Moving from Web and Social Networks to Privat Portal Ecosystem
IT professionals remembering those days, when you had to line up with a bundle of punch cards to get a slot on a computer to do your work, are becoming rare these days. The book Youth by J. M. Coetzee is nice reading for those which did not engage so far in the history of computing. It describes how a young mathemetician (and hobby poet) escapes from his native Australia in the 1960s. “Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer “ Welcome to reality!
The Web Community
The web changed the way how people and especially programmers work. Now people can share and cooperate with other people worldwide. Quote from A Brief History of the Internet: “The Internet is as much a collection of communities as a collection of technologies, and its success is largely attributable to both satisfying basic community needs as well as utilizing the community in an effective way to push the infrastructure forward. This community spirit has a long history beginning with the early ARPANET.” . Internet has also widened both the set of people working with computers and the set of functions available to individuals on their computer. A very interesting area of research is providing personal portal services to people with very limited PC and web experience (Portals for Beginners)