Media Rich Repositories

Day 212 Week 31 Q3 Tuesday, August 1, 2023

More and more of us are becoming knowledge and content workers. This means our work product takes up much less physical space and can therefore be partitioned and contained in nonphysical ways, creating both a dilemma and an opportunity. In the old days, like yesterday, we could store our tools in either the basement, our kitchen supplies in a pantry, and our car in the garage, but where do you store your apps and files? They could be anywhere from shoe boxes, file cabinets, and desk drawers too. Memory sticks, SSDs or cloud accounts.

The vast difference is that your possessions can be seen in one case; in the other, they are mostly invisible. And if you think it is hard to clean and organize your basement, pantry and office when everything is visible and finite, what happens when it is invisible and infinite? Well, it is both problematic and freeing. You can store thousands of hours of work in literally no space and with not much sense of how much there is. And to make it more difficult, the containers these work products and memories are stored in are all changing a lot more quickly than the boxes and shelves we used for theist hundred plus years. They have passwords, account names, and logins and require electricity to access and use.

In theory, this is great because we do not need to live in as large a physical space as we used to or have offices as large or permanent as we used to, and it may have reduced or eliminated commute time and cost as well. And many of us have also lost or had to alter many of our old routines, which kept us organized.

So what is a digital professional supposed to do? And, of course, we also live in the prior physical world at the same time. The big question that arises for me is where do you store your body of work and records so you can easily and quickly find them when file types, apps and devices come and go? And if you are a creative outlier, you may be likely to have a larger mess than if you are not, for creativity and organization are not very correlated. Being anally organized is not always at the top of the list when you think of super creative multidimensional, constantly changing people.

Workshops, labs, studios and even kitchens can resemble tornados and cyclones in progress during the frenzy that often accompanies creativity. But hey, this is an opportunity, right? Of course, it is, but it certainly requires different strategies to stay on top of things. One way to store things so they are visible is on or in web-based collections of content, also known as websites. And yes, they can be secured, or at least that is what we are told by the folks who want to sell them to us.

Is your life body of work as secure as your gym locker? I wonder?