File Organization and Search using Metadata, Labels, and Virtual Folders (part of CMU-CS-05-201)

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Title:File Organization and Search using Metadata, Labels, and Virtual Folders
Author:Mukund Gunti, Mark Pariente, Ting-Fang Yen, and Stefan Zickler
Abstract:We introduce a system that allows the user to combine metadata, user-defined labels, and Virtual Folders as primary means of file organization and localization. We not only adopt and extend the advantages of typical semantic file systems, but also preserve backward compatibility with current applications by running on top of hierarchical file-systems and by providing the user with a virtual view of our new organizational space. We show that there exist many typical organizational tasks for which our model allows a more efficient solution than hierarchical file systems. Additionally, we explore various trade-offs between functionality and performance; in particular we demonstrate how dynamic indexing strategies can significantly improve performance.
Year:2005
Institution:Carnegie Mellon University