Weekend Reading on the future of the web
By bblfish on Mar 04, 2007
Here are some meaty articles on the development of the web I have come across recently:
- Testimony of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Before the
United States House of Representatives
Committee on Energy and Commerce. Tim Berners Lee explains what are the core values of the web, and gives some indication as to where it is going. (video, via Danny Weitzner's blog)
- Nova Spivak Breaking the Collective IQ Barrier -- Making Groups Smarter, a nearly Wired length article on how we are making progress towards Collective Intelligence. As we grow from web 2.0, the read write web, into web 3.0, the data web, into web 4.0, the agent web, we will be able to move from a situation where groups that function intelligently get to be larger, and finally even reach a point where the sum of the individual intelligences is less than the collective intelligence brought about by making these all work seamlessly together.
- Ian Davis explains why this is going to take time, pointing out just how long it took for simple css style sheets to become widely used. This is an argument to be added to my Semantic web: a note on the history of technology adoption.
- Peter Reiser gives a quick overview of some thinking on how webn+1 relates to the enterprise
- Paul Diamond argues that the pain point that is going to force Web 3.0 into existence are the data integration issues between the ever faster growing number of web 2.0 applications out there. The number of these services is already making Single Sign On protocols such as OpenId a necessity. But soon, as people start using more of these micro killer apps, they will want them to integrate with each other. Since the power of these applications is that each is focused on one small service, doing it very well, data exchange between these apps and with their users will become more and more important. Again Paul Diamond puts this very succinctly in his Web 3.0 article.
- Bernard Traversat asks whether the Semantic Web is the Beginning of the Age of Enlightenment ?