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A development path has been presented for the near future. Due to the nature of our problem no hard evidence can be presented to prove the success of such a system. The main goals mentioned, namely interoperability and extensibility, are the key of the suggested system and should always be followed, however. This practice is already common in established fields of computer science and application development. It is widely accepted that such goals are the principles of engineering. The lack of it therefore shows the infancy p2p and metadata are in. When these guidelines are followed the rapidly spreading p2p networks will not only remain as searchable as they are. They can become the key to narrowing the gap between local and networked resources.