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 interface 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 open unrelated windows, people now can organize and manage workplaces suited for their daily work using PCs, mobile phones, media stations or in car systems.
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 portal technology and propose extensions in order to create a portal ecosystem where people use the systems to create new cooperative organisations.
Moving from Internet to 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 Internet Community
Internet has 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.