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Most of us are familiar with file systems on Operating Systems. Data on OS is stored using files and folders, where folders are nested and files are stored in the folders.

Given the large amount of data available, storing information in an organized manner is a challange and a big task. Many of us have faced a situation where we keep the files in a certain directory and then forget where we kept the file.

Can we look at a different way to store data. While we can retain the concept of files, do we need ‘folders’? Instead of folders, can we use a data store, where data is stored not using folders, but tags or keywords? Such a mechanism would mean that storage of files is opaque to the user who will access data using one or more tags. Obviously, a document can have multiple tags associated with it. Else we will not be able to store ‘versions’ of the data.

Even this mechanism is not fool-proof as we can easily get lost in the ‘tag cloud’ or ‘sea of tags’.

Given the availability of desktop indexing options, the solution discussed above may not have much relevance, as implementing it will mean a change to all the software in the world.

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