We understand the Information as a set of data with a meaning.
In Amithings, the Information is an entity oriented to serve a specific purpose. We give it a practical sense of general utility.
It’s been a long time since we are in the era of Information and we are still dealing with data.
The concept of data loses relevance to make room for Information. There is no place for meaningless data.
All Information is very well defined and represented by the context in which it is inserted and by their set of Meta Information (properties, attributes, methods, triggers, events, statistics, etc.), no matter its size.
Being the smallest unit in Amithings, the Information comes organized in sets of Information, only to facilitate their understanding and manipulation.
Here are a few examples of sets of Information:
- Television network schedule
- Species of spiders that inhabit the island of Madagascar
- Boiling point of chemical compounds
- Paragraphs of a book
- McDonalds restaurants in the world
- Episodes of House
- Books of Nietzsche
- Moons of the Solar System
- Films of Christopher Nolan
- Technical specifications of a product line
- All mobile devices
- A list with all true type fonts
Sets of Information are organized in the form of tables, with two or more dimensions. So, they have headers, columns, rows, and cells.
Each set of Information has a unique identifier known as Web Id, which allows us to access it individually. The same applies to each of their cells, which are also Information and can be accessed individually too.
As a kind of Web Database, Amithings introduces some changes in the way of dealing with Information:
- Tables stores Information instead of data.
- Each individual row, column or cell, group of columns, group of cells and the own Information has its own meta information (attributes, properties, events, methods, triggers, statistics), and it can be retrieved by a Web Id, a unique identifier defined in Amithings. The same applies to any sets and subsets of Information, grouped or not.
- Information can be retrieved in the most popular web formats, such as XML, JSON, HTML, PDF, DOC, XLS, TXT or CSV, by using Views.
- With Views, Information can also be visualized in Charts, Maps, Playlists, Periodic Tables, Animations, Birth Charts, Galleries or eBooks.
On a broader level, sets of Information are grouped into clusters of Information known as Orbits.
The Orbits are formed based on the relationships among the different Information (Market, Proximity, Familiarity, Hierarchy, etc.).
Finally, there is the VSpace, or Virtual Space, a grouping of Orbits, created by the user, which provides a spatial view of Information, similar to outer space, in two, three or more dimensions.