Last week I could spend some time back to studying where the Web is going. In other words, where we, involved in development, can go using the web. And I found interesting stuff here and there. Currently I’m keeping an eye on the so called Web 2.0, that’s to say the next step of the Internet. The Net is full of blogs discussing about it.
This second step of the Internet is deeply characterized by the human aspect: someone defined Web 2.0 as “made of people”. Technology is important in its evolution, but the social and cultural aspect is predominant. I read in a blog: “Web 2.0 describes the inversion of control of information, processes and software” and “it is a really a set of related forces, design patterns and business models that are increasingly emerging onto the world stage”. Someone is also talking of “social computing”.
As an effect, this step of the Internet reflects a new approach in managing contents. Today the Web is full of reusable services and data: tons of documents, pdfs, images, and graphs stored everywhere. What is still missing is the knowledge on how to use them, how to link them and create added value, how to extract suggestions from them, etc. So, the Internet is now thinking about how to USE them and not about how to create new repositories of already existing datas.
I think that this is a good incentive for us and our effort to promote online communities. Getting people online to discuss and share their tacit knowledge seems to me a way to follow this path.
A short list of links on Web 2.0