Within SecureId, there are three different types of objects
- facets (represented by circles), people (people icon), and information
Facets. When creating a world, an individual is asked to
articulate the different facets and how they relate to one another.
S/he does this by creating a new facet, placing it on the landscape
and expanding it to the appropriate size. If s/he chooses to make
two facets partially overlap, the shared space is assumed to indicate
areas where the facets overlap and context is shared. If s/he creates
a facet within another facet, it is assumed that all members of
the internal facet must also be members of the external one. Each
facet is given a simple label. By clicking on the label, more information
is presented. Here, the user sees the label, a public description,
a private note about the facet and whatever evaluation
system is needed to determine an individual's membership in that
facet. All of these are editable.
Information. Currently represented by little notes, information
is created by the individual and placed into the appropriate facet
(or in the public world outside of any facets). This information
can be any time of data. It too has a label,
a public description, private notes and a link to the information
People. Unlike the facets and information, the people are
not placed by the creator. Instead, as individuals access different
facets, a simple representation appears in the creator's world.
This allows the creator to know who has access to what, a useful
bit of knowledge if s/he is adding more information or more facets.
When the creator changes the evaluation on the facets, s/he has
the ability to remove individuals from the facet. By clicking on
a person icon, the creator can get more information about the individual,
including whatever is public or available depending on the creator's
knowledge of that person. As such, this icon serves as the portal
to other people's worlds.