Documents are the new Email

Stowe Boyd, Work Futures, May 22, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The idea of this post is to point to the new role of documents as communications tools. Of course, they're always been communications tools, but only as attachments, or worse, printed paper. The new role of documents will see them stored in places like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Sharepoint. Of course many companies already do this, and are beginning to see the second trend identified here: the shifting of a lot of incidental communications to social networks (or social-network-like systems).  They're quick, informal, and can be used to refer to documents. But there's also a third trend, hinted at but not explicitly stated: documents themselves will disappear over time, becoming instead entities in a linked database. We need a better approach to databases to make this work, but this is just on the horizon. Via Doug Belshaw.

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