Q & As


Some key features:

Below is a brief summary of key features:

Web based, runs on any browser, any computer, anywhere, thin client, connected from any service provider. Info-have-nots are one (but not the only one) key user population throughout.

Essentially a mail service but communication media defined as broadly as technology allows - text-to-speech phone access, contributory voice mail? debate needed.

. Identity confirmed through:

  • "passport" space editable live on-line;
  • personal "footprinting" of behaviour;
  • membership of communities - family, peers, school, sport, interest - indicated and "community" functionality enabled;
  • highly personalised approach to storage, organisation and threading - by time, topic, community, etc all applicable retrospectively;
  • simple change to look and feel through meta-edit and contributory editor (upload my gifs etc);
  • indivdual address book contains addresses of conversations initiated by student - subsets available eg to school but other access controlled by steering committee.

Maximum design care taken for those "less than comfortable with text" for whatever reason - icon reinforcements for dyslexics for example.

Because one objective of this partnership is to showcase Oracle's technology the service will be evolving and ambitious - students will be exposed to design process to help develop their critical awareness - features will be clearly shown as "new" or "established" with feedback from users and designers of "new". Meta-level user awareness matters.

For regulatory and proto-competitive reasons it is importan that the service supports aliasing and forwarding from (but not to) other service provided identities.

Whatever naming convention we adopt (now resloved) a robust conversion into barcode or electronic reader codes will be necessary to enable email identity swipe cards - for example for museums.


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