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Tracing a paradigm for externalization: Avatars and the GPII Nexus

Clarke, Colin and Basman, Antranig M. (2017) Tracing a paradigm for externalization: Avatars and the GPII Nexus. In: Salon des Refusés, 4 Apr 2017, Brussels, Belgium. (Unpublished)


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We will situate the concept of an avatar (a working simulacrum of part of a system separated from
it in space or time) with respect to traditional concepts of programming language and systems design.
Whilst much theory and practice argues in favour of insulation (the creation of architectural boundaries
prohibiting the leakage of information) we will find that many successful systems take a diametrically
opposed approach. We name this family of systems as those based on externalised state transfer.
Rather than hiding implementation details behind APIs, object interfaces or similar, these systems actively
advertise their internal structure and its coordinates via data and metadata. Examples of these
systems include RESTful web applications, MIDI devices, and the DWARF debugging file format. We
discuss such systems and how we can purposefully design new systems embodying such virtues in a more
distilled form.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Research Programs > Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 21:19
Last Modified: 06 May 2017 21:21
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1578

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