Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Web 3.0 in Plain English

Like a lot of people, I am getting my head around Web 3.0 (a.k.a The Semantic Web) and what this will mean for libraries, their patrons, their collections, and the delivery of information. There are a growing number of commentators out there talking about Web 3.0 but few are as clear and concise as Amit Agarwal. Amit, as it turns out, is one of India's top professional bloggers.

Amit provides a very clear table of ideas (see following) and ties it all together with some very good slide shows from a number of other authors. This blog post by Amit Agarwal is shaping up to being one of the best for 2009 so why miss it. Check out http://www.labnol.org/internet/web-3-concepts-explained/8908/ and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.



So, for libraries who are starting to get their head around integrating Web 2.0 stuff like, patrons sharing tags and adding comments, or linking in with external social networking platforms; chop chop, there is no time to rest. The Semantic Web will be upon us before we know it (and as the semantic web has the potential to significantly improve the quality of searches through the linking and association of an object's or concept's attributes) this is something librarians really do need to understand.

Put another way, Web 3.0 has the potential to be one very big and mighty Schumpterian wave of creative destruction. So when the surfs up it is better to ride the wave than be crushed by it.

And thanks to Mike for inspiring this post.

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