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    Branding the Species
    Background: Voyager’s Interstellar record is a disk with encoded information that was attached to two space probes currently making their...

    Emergence and Navigating...
    Develop a generative, emergent process to fill space (2D or 3D) using only black lines. Modify a known process or invent your own. Implement your...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
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    Navigating A Filesystem 2: Phase 4, Refinement
    Project: Emergence and Navigating Space
    My concept for navigating space concentrated on developing a new way of navigating through a filesystem. The current mechanism utilized by most operating systems for managing and navigating files seems very counter-intuitive to me. We are currently forced to place our files in a rigid structural hierarchy of files and subfiles and sub-sub-files. Our documents, music, photos, etc are only permitted to exist in one specific (and static) location on our computers. Granted, it is possible to duplicate a file and place it in more than one location, but this endeavor is time-consuming, and often leads to confusion. I wanted to create a more natural way of navigating through a filesystem, a way that more closely mimicked how I think about my files in my brain, rather than having to adjust my thought-process to match the rhythm of the computer.

    As I thought about how I 'naturally' think about my files, I realized that I consider files, not just with reference to one specific category, but to multiple categories. A photo that I take to fulfill an assignment may fall under the category of 'Fall UCLA 2007', but it could also be (depending on the photo) a reference to 'Summer Mexico Vacation' or 'Black and White Shots'. Once I understood that I consider my files within the context of multiple narratives, I began to think about how best to represent this in a filesystem. The answer that I came up with was tagging.

    Tagging provides a means of attaching multiple categories and narratives to the same file. By typing a keyword into a search query, an individual is able to navigate to a series of files that fit the criteria being searched for. A file can, obviously, have more than one tag attached to it. This means that it will appear (assuming, of course, that is has more than one tag), in multiple search query results.

    For my project, I chose to demonstrate an example of how this system might work by using a series of photos. Each photo has been tagged to reference how I consider, and relate, to that file. In keeping with the idea associating multiple meanings to a file, I chose to employ a visualization that was fairly fluid, in an attempt to emphasize my straying away from the common rigidity of OS filesystems.

    Depicted in the program are a series of parent nodes, and child nodes. Each node represents a tag that an image has been given. Clicking on a node zooms in, and focuses on the clicked-on tag with its subsequent child tags and the files associated with them. When an image is given more than one tag, it appears attached to more than one node.




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