I recently saw a short (but sweet) interview of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee by Robert Scoble. Sir Tim was talking about his view of Web 3.0 and the new things that are coming out (SPARKLE, a way to export your friends’ details to different social networking, The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), …) and I’m dying to see his lectures now.
So let’s talk a bit of the web and it’s evolution.
Initially God (Sir Tim in our case) invented the Web and it was good. It began slowly then boum exploded and exponentially progressed to what we commonly refer to now as Web 1.0. But Web 1.0 was quite static and we (Internauts) were mere observers!
Then came Web 2.0 with Ajax, Wikis, Blogs, RSS, Social Networking,… and suddenly power shifted hands and we Internauts were given the power! The web has exploded and we now have millions of sites, and also, we now need to remember several different passwords (mails, many sites require us to register,…) and also we need to fill in the same information over and over again each time we register to a site.
Web 3.0 (from what I’ve gathered) is supposedly going to be about meaning, meaning of information, semantics: the web is full data but they are all disjoint and as such do not make much sense. The World Wide Web Consortiums is already working in that direction and SPARQL (a sort of SQL for the Web) is going to help us in that endeavour. Also Web 3.0 should also help us with solving our Virtual Multiple Personality Disorder (20 or more different logins and passwords) and cure the insatiable thirst of website for knowing about us!
But the web is now so massive that we must be very careful, else it will devour us. So the WSRI has been setup to “to examine the World Wide Web and offer the practical solutions needed to help guide its future use and design”. Of course, the web is now about people and will be about people but some guidance won’t cause any harm.
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As a final note, I’d just like to comment on the title of this post Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0,… According to many “pundits” it’s a marketting term that doesn’t mean anything!