Extrapolating principles: Ton Zylstra on the social object:
“ In general you could say that both Flickr and del.icio.us work in a triangle: person, picture/ bookmark, and tag(s). Or more abstract a person, an object of sociality , and some descriptor...” (Zylstra in Second Life, 2007) - http:// www.zylstra.org , 2006 (emphases added)
“ [S]tudents… write words on paper, yes— but… also compose words and images and create audio files on Web logs (blogs), in word processors, with video editors and Web editors and in e-mail and on presentation software and in instant messaging and on listservs and on bulletin boards—and no doubt in whatever genre will emerge in the next ten minutes.
Note that no one is making anyone do any of this writing .”
Kathleen Blake Yancey, "Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key." CCC 56.2 (2004):297-328. Emphasis added.
“ Michael L Chasen, Blackboard’s CEO, described the three principles of Project NG (Next Generation) which is bringing WebCT and Blackboard together into one platform: Student achievement, Openness and Web 2.0. So what does that actually mean?
There is an excellent instructor dashboard, something Moodle is crying out for… It informs tutors about what’s new, what needs attention, which students have handed in work late, which haven’t logged in for a week etc…”
“ The authoring facilities are also getting increasingly sophisticated. A course management block allows you to drag and drop blocks of content around the page, building new items and adding assessments, communication tools etc from drop-down menus. One of these menus is for mashups allowing you to integrate Google Earth maps, Flickr, YouTube and other resources easily into courses....
The AJAX interface appears to flow through the whole suite of applications from students customising their home pages by dragging blocks around – to instructors reordering questions in a test just by dragging them (moving away from the increasingly outdated HTML forms interface).”
“ Ultimately, Reuters' news is the raw material for analysis and application by investors and downstream news organizations. Adding metadata to make that job of analysis easier for those building additional value on top of your product is a really interesting way to view the publishing opportunity…”
II. Web 3.0? “… If you don't think of what you produce as the "final product" but rather as a step in an information pipeline, what do you do differently to add value for downstream consumers? In Reuters' case, [CEO] Devin thinks you add hooks to make your information more programmable.” Tim O’Reilly, February 2008 http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/02/reuters-ceo-sees-semantic-web.html
Semantic tool in play: ClearForest Gnosis, FF plugin
“ I called this graph the Semantic Web, but maybe it should have been Giant Global Graph! Any worse than WWWW? ;-)... So, if only we could express these relationships, such as my social graph, in a way that is above the level of documents, then we would get re-use. That's just what the graph does for us. We have the technology -- it is Semantic Web technology, starting with RDF OWL and SPARQL…”
“… Not magic bullets, but the tools which allow us to break free of the document layer. If a social network site uses a common format for expressing that I know Dan Brickley, then any other site or program (when access is allowed) can use that information to give me a better service. Un-manacled to specific documents.” -CSAIL post, November 2007 http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/215
[Eric Schmidt]: Web 3.0 would ultimately be seen as applications that are pieced together [and that share] a number of characteristics: the applications are relatively small; the data is in the cloud; the applications can run on any device - PC or mobile phone; the applications are very fast and they're very customizable; and furthermore the applications are distributed essentially virally, literally by social networks, by email. You won't go to the store and purchase them. ... That's a very different application model than we've ever seen in computing... Transcribed by Nicholas Carr, August 2007 http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2007/08/what_is_web_30.php
“ Gartner analysts are avoiding the temptation to give a new label to the latest technologies such as virtual worlds and the semantic Web, saying they’re not providing the same kind of fundamental change as blogs, wikis and social networking tools...” November 2007, http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/092107-gartner-web-20.html
“… It’s not going to be another era like Web 2.0,” Phifer said. “However, there will be some very interesting innovative things coming out. If you’re in love with numbering schemes, maybe it’s Web 2.1.”” November 2007, http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/092107-gartner-web-20.html
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