Content Glass comprises technology and methodology.  State Oriented is the sharing paradigm described by CG system. This article explains State Oriented Sharing in contrast to other sharing paradigs. State Oriented Sharing  is in the core of Content Glass system.


Sharing on Internet as it is known to us may be described by three different paradigms based on the central concept in the core of the sharing act:

1. Profile Oriented Sharing (Fig. 1):

This is the sharing as we know it from social-networks such as Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn (that may be thought sometimes as content oriented but is not). The core in the act of sharing is the personal profile as a virtual reflection of the "I" (my photos, my thinking, my job, my short messages, my business connections). Modern discussion boards and chat based applications may be included in this category too. The personal idea is what is important. 

2. Content Oriented Sharing (Fig. 2):

this is the sharing as we know it from Forum and Blog websites. The core of sharing act is in the posted content. Sharing is around content and is managed in the form of discussion or commenting.

3. Link Oriented Sharing (Fig. 3):

this is the sharing as we find it in what is called social-media sites, in which users post some link with a short description and possibly an image. The core in the sharing act in this case is to provide a link on which users can click and go to the destination website. Link oriented sharing is flourishing among internet marketers as a method of creating back links to e-Commerce websites.

4. State Oriented Sharing (Fig. 4):

Content Glass presents a new paradigm of Sharing: State Oriented Sharing, as schematically depicted in Fig. 4. There are a number of characteristics to this type of sharing:

4.1. The core in the sharing act is an “object” in the world that has some identifier. Shared material is attached with object identifiers: URL, code, coordinates on map, etc. Object in this meaning does not refer only to some physical object. Website is an object. Place is an object, Radio program identified by Radio Data System (RDS) signal is an object, Chair is an object, application is an object, Book is an object, a Chapter in a book is an object, even Word may be considered as the object on which someone is sharing. Anything that can be identified is an object. The core in the sharing act is the state of an object or thing referred by some identifier – hence State Oriented Sharing.

4.2. Sharing is not limited to static or fixed content. Dynamic content can be shared too. Application and its resulting product can be shared.

4.3. Not website centric oriented: CG is not website centric sharing. The sharing may apply to any object where Glass Mechanism can be used to create the relation between object identifier and shared content.

4.4. Decentralized: CG is decentralized and is all around. No single app, or single website where sharing occurs. CG API encourages developers to share anything valuable and anywhere possible.

4.5. “Green”: CG is Green to virtual environment by means of a technology that is intended to share data only in the relevant scope of audience. CG sharing is built for relevancy. Data is usually shared by close relevance circles.

4.6. Accountless: CG does not require content glass account to be created in advance. In many cases users are able to create Widgets without being registered to any account. Instead, CG uses existing accounts – Personal Identifier Networks (PIDN). Accounts are already there, and CG has the infrastructure to use them for the purpose of sharing. CG Account may be created, and may also be used for sharing (can act as PIDN) however, it is required for advanced and admin operations only
and is optional.

4.7. Ad hoc grouping: the concept of ad hoc grouping is widely used (in addition to more traditional concept of fixed circles of friends). Ad hoc grouping is a volatile group of people that share data only in relation with manifestation of the context in which sharing is related with. For example, group of people that currently listen to some radio station or passengers in a specific train etc’. 

According to CG, content is shared in relation with object identifiers and this can happen all around. There is no central type of content to which sharing refers. The referred “object” is arbitrary and becomes a subject for sharing using CG and with relation to some object Identifier. Sharing may refer to website content, GPS coordinates, object, code, word, phrase, given service etc.

CG connects Object identifiers with data that is shared by an individual or a machine (software) and is target toward limited and/or focused group of peers. 

The common trait for all CG implementations is the Glass Factor: the ability to present personal and closed-circle content in relation with state, identifier or condition of external context: web page, domain name, object, place, radio/TV
program, application's view or state, device and more. The Glass is a transparent layer of software that allows personal, individually targeted and/or group targeted content to be layered on top or in relation with external context.

Sharing is not limited to Web (i.e. network of websites and web services). With CG sharing gets out of the Web toward the Objects and identifiers around us. In the same manner the act of sharing gets out of Web Browser boundaries and is embodied by mobile devices, wearable devices, vehicle media systems or even microcontrollers that operate as a non human peer who takes part in the act of sharing.

Content Glass extends the discourse of sharing and this occurs on three  axes:  Content, Context and Scope.

  • With reference to content CG goes beyond the act of sharing text image and verbal voice toward sharing of physical and bodily measurements such as heartbeat or environmental sound as well as computer resources such as files and printers.
  • With reference to context CG goes far beyond the web sphere and suggests the world of things around as an endless place where identified state of objects can be used to relate shared content with a given context.
  • Finally with reference to scope CG goes beyond the traditional circles of friends and people that share interests and suggests to look at the world as a place of endless ad-hoc situations in which sharing can take place between human participants but also between humans and machine

Content Glass is a platform and/or framework for creating State Oriented Sharing Apps (SOSA). It provides tools, documented examples, specs, reference implementation and code libraries, for different environments and using various programming languages.

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