Exploring the design space of metadata-focused file management systems

Watson, Richard and Dekeyser, Stijn and Albadri, Nehad (2017) Exploring the design space of metadata-focused file management systems. In: Australasian Computer Science Week 2017 (ACSW 2017), 31 Jan - 3 Feb, 2017, Geelong, Australia.

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Operating systems both old and new are reliant on the venerable hierarchical file system. For some time now, however, attempts have been made to either define new file systems or to bolt on applications that offer much improved functionality to attach and use metadata. This is because researchers have shown that traditional file systems are not able to meet users' needs in terms of organising large numbers of files effectively, and to support expeditious retrieval of those files when they are needed at a later time.

Numerous proposals for post-hierarchical file management systems have been described in the literature; researchers focus on different dimensions of such systems in order to solve or reduce identified limitations. In some cases this leads to significantly different file system architectures, while in other cases new functionality is added on top of a traditional system through special purpose user-space applications. Orthogonally, some proposals focus on tags while others favour named attribute-value pairs. Still other choices are, seemingly, made in an ad hoc and often implicit manner.

This paper investigates the different dimensions and associated choices that participate in the proposal of new approaches and that affect their ability to improve on current systems. The Cartesian product of those dimensions and options forms a large design space; we map some of the existing literature onto that design space and discuss approaches to evaluate new proposals.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 05:20
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 03:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: File systems, metadata, classification, tags, attributes.
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080302 Computer System Architecture
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080611 Information Systems Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1145/3014812.3014833
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30222

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