No this is not a post about the famous Swedish home furnishing store (however nice the meatballs are) but about a question posed regarding digital resource storage solutions available today. Formats have not necessarily expanded but have become readable by more than their proprietary systems, such as open office reading MS office docs. Some have been superseded for newer and wider adopted standards (the beloved Xvid & DivX seems to have made way for MP4). YouTube has now adopted HTML 5 as its main playback format over the long established Flash format.
It wasn’t so long ago that you choices were limited to local hard-drive, network drive (server), USB memory sticks or websites themselves. Those options have exploded in recent years and I started to reel of a list of options and soon found the list growing out of all-proportions. As a matter of documenting please see below (and it is not exhaustive):
- Local Hard-drive
- External drives (traditional drives 2.5″ or 3.5″”)
- Memory Sticks – reaching capacities as great as 256GB
- Solid state memory as in phone memory (i.e. iPhone)
- Classic server/network drives
- VLE or CMS (Virtual Learning Environments, Content management Systems)
- ePortfolios (Mahara)
- Cloud Services – dropbox, box, pogoplug, icloud
- Temporary cloud services such as filedropper
- Websites, both traditional and newer user content driven (web 2.0) that move beyond the forums. Such as this blog!
- Web services e.g. Poll Everywhere, Socrative, Popplet, Padlet
- Apps (built in info)
- Social Networking (these can hold images, website addresses) Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, delicious
A number of these crossover more than one category. have I missed a category? any of your resources stored that do not fit in the above list?