Changes between Version 8 and Version 9 of MissionStatement

Mar 16, 2010, 8:57:34 PM (10 years ago)



  • MissionStatement

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    11== Mission Statement ==
    3 Commercial web services like Facebook, Flickr and Youtube provide a convenient way for people to share rich media across the planet, but sometimes housemates or family members just want to share information within their own home.
     3Software is increasingly being delivered as a service over the World Wide Web rather than installed as a package on a desktop PC. Large organisations host services centrally on highly scalable "cloud computing" infrastructure and users can consume those services at any time from any web-connected device without additional installation or configuration. This Software-as-a-Service approach makes software easily accessible and provides opportunities for new levels of collaboration, social interaction and information aggregation.
    5 Desktop home networking solutions exist which provide basic private file sharing within the home, but nothing which resembles the rich experience provided on the web and can be accessed from outside the home from any web-connected device.
     5However, this centralised model may not be the best approach for dealing with certain types of information. Some information may be too personal or too large to be suitable for hosting with such services and some systems may benefit from closer physical proximity to a certain location. Examples might include an entire music and film collection, home videos or a home automation system.
    7 Emerging web standards for graphics and multimedia, the falling price of wireless home networking and large capacity storage devices mean a home server could provide an even richer experience than services currently available in the cloud, with a higher performance, larger capacity and better privacy.
     7One of the founding principles of the World Wide Web was that anyone can set up their own web server and connect it to the Internet using open standards. You don't have to be a large corporation to host your own information using web technologies, but currently you do need a relatively high level of technical know-how.
    9 The mission of the Webian Home Server project is to '''design and implement a software system for home media, social software and automation which exploits emerging web standards and can be interacted with via a simple, usable and attractive web interface.'''
     9The mission of the Webian Home Server project is to '''develop a web-based software system for rich media, communication and automation which anyone can host in their own home. The system should follow emerging web standards and provide a simple and enjoyable user experience.'''
    11 The Webian approach to accomplishing this mission is to build an online community of designers, developers, writers and advocates who share the vision and are willing to build the software openly, in public and share the finished product with the world.
     11By hosting your own Webian Home Server system, you could benefit from more privacy, more capacity and greater control over your information - yet still benefit from the ubiquitous access provided by web technology.