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Welcome to nfoWarenfoWare is a web site devoted to the promotion of information processing technologies and resources.  nfoWare is also the collective term for materials and artifacts of the sort that fit that notion.

nfoWare consists of web-published books, articles, software, and some collaboration vehicles all about information processing (except that we will avoid "information" until we can come to grips with the notion in a technically-satisfying and useful way).  Situating Data is the immediate focus, even though that can't go too far without touching on Situated Computation as well.  We will look at that from the perspective of data processing, for now.

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nfoWare Is Being Repaved.

Migration to a new server introduced a number of problems that require repairs.  In addition to those defects, some older pages also need to be modified and reorganized for consistency across all of nfoWare.  While the site is being repaved to accomplish both kinds of improvements, you may notice discrepancies and problems with links to site content.

Check the Site Repaving Project pages for additional details on the known defects and the approach to correction and upgrade.  Contact the nfoWare author with questions and to report any defects that you notice.


The site is under serious early construction and there is mostly initial scaffolding at the moment.  Sections now under development include

the web presence for Situating Data, an on-line book about data, its value to us, and all the different ways it is employed and experienced
Exploring bits, a fundamental part of the nfoWare on-line book on Situating Data
One of the main applications of data in computer systems is carrying of textual information.  This is a focus that draws on bits, bytes, characters, codes, files and streams to consider organized text and its external and internal forms.
Tools and basic tool knowledge required for use of nfoWare: access to the site, to eBooks, and to other forms of nfoWare.  Toolcraft also covers required tool knowledge and skills for participating in creation and usage of nfoWare tools.  It extends from browsers to Windows to Unix, Java, and .NET.  One challenge is to factor this into a manageable set that also reveals how significantly toolcraft figures in the current state of information technology and its application.
Situating trust in the context of data (for now) and what it means to trust data, what the use of technical trust structures are (such as signed nfoWare code) and what that trust situation involves, and so on.  A larger topic that will be represented here for connection to data and the commitment to trust and confirmable experience for nfoWare
This is not about the meaning of life or answers to "What's It All About, Alfie?"  It is about how we attribute meaning and where we situate meaning and its relationship to situation of data, computation, information, knowledge, etc.  This is particulary important in Situating XML because of the presumption that we are marching our way to The Semantic Web and something that has to do with capturing meaning in a computationally-manipulatable form.
Accumulated notes on topics in "information processing," including why "nfoWare" and "information?"  Some of these may find their way into a FAQ section.  There'll probably be a note about that.
A glossary for use in conjunction with nfoWare topics.  It is also a laboratory for collaborative development of glossaries (and other items of that nature).
Definitions of past, present, and future projects, along with notes and diaries for nfoWare projects
Construction Material
The section that is about the construction of the web presence itself.  This provides documentation of the organization and operation of, including ways that aspects of operation are tested and confirmed.  It is an application of situated data.

Construction Structure (Hard Hat Area)
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