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Are Scientists waiting for Web 3.0?!

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The famous blogger David Bradley comes back to Web 1.0 , Web 2.0 and gives his opinion on Web 3.0 (could be “2.1”):

Despite its antagonists, the Web 2.0 era sites, (…), have grown rapidly and continue to expand membership and activity.

The vast array of sites that purport to be a “Facebook for Scientists”, “MySpace for Researchers”, or an “iTunes for scientific journals” are still missing a key ingredient, however.

Memberships are in the tens of thousands, compared to the hundreds of thousands enjoyed by the likes of BioMedNet in the 1990 and the hundreds of millions claimed by Facebook today. (…)

Nevertheless, the semantic web will add machine-readable context to content and connections to give us web 3.0 and this could be the key ingredient that those sites need to find to allow them to adapt and survive.

The vast majority of scientists are not yet hooked up on these networks.

Before the semantic web emerges with its many obviously, after the fact, advantages, should we persuade scientists to join in with Web 2.1 and what might that involve that would convince them of the benefits?

Bradley, David. Why scientists are waiting for Web 3.0. The EuroScientist, Online, 7th of September 2010.


Written by hbasset

September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm

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