Custom apps where combinations of data and sources are “mashed up ” into a single tool.
New ways to look at & interact with datasets.
The availability of large amounts of data (search patterns, real estate sales, Flickr tags) is converging with development of open programming interfaces for social networking, mapping, and other tools.
This is opening doors to hundreds of data mash-ups that will transform the way we understand and represent information.
The kind of knowledge and understanding that emerges from large groups of people is collective intelligence.
In coming years, we’ll see educational applications for both explicit collective intelligence (wikipedia; del.icio.us) and implicit collective intelligence, or data gathered from the repeated activities of numbers of people:
search patterns, cell phone locations over time, geocoded digital photographs, and other data passively obtained.
Data mashups will tap into information generated by collective intelligence to expand our understanding of ourselves and our technologically-mediated world.
Next-Gen social operating systems, will be based around people , rather than around content.
This simple conceptual shift promises profound implications for the academy, and for the ways in which we think about knowledge and learning.
SOS will support whole new categories of applications that weave through the implicit connections and clues we leave everywhere as we go about our lives, and use them to organize our work and our thinking around the people we know.
Facebook & MySpace are attempts but remain somewhat superficial. They are unaware of connections we have not yet told them about.
More needs to be learned about the “social graph”— the network of active relationships a person has via their emails, conference lists, tagged photos of you, blog posts made, authored papers, presentations, etc.
A more people-centric view that is populated by communications and implicit patterns