Web 2.0 in Ghana's Path to Knowledge Societies

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Presentation to AIETEC, Accra, May 2006

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Web 2.0 in Ghana's Path to Knowledge Societies

  1. 1. Web 2.0 in Ghana’s Path to Knowledge Societies Amos Anyimadu Technology Assessment Project, University of Ghana, [email_address] www.AfricaTalks.org
  2. 5. A Ghanaian Technologist Reinforces Tim O’Reilly’s view of Web 2.0 versus Web 1.0 Web 1.0               Web 2.0 DoubleClick   -->  Google AdSense   Ofoto         -->          Flickr Akamai        --> BitTorrent mp3.com       --> Napster Britannica Online --> Wikipedia personal websites --> blogging evite            --> upcoming.org and EVDB domain name speculation --> search engine optimization page views            --> cost per click screen scraping     --> web services publishing          --> participation content management systems --> wikis directories (taxonomy) --> tagging ("folksonomy") stickiness --> syndication
  3. 6. Tom O’Reilly’s Summary of Web 2.0 Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them Trusting users as co-developers Harnessing collective intelligence Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service Software above the level of a single device Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models
  4. 7. When will this hit e-commerce? (Score:3, Interesting) by PacoHernandez (939349) on Monday April 03, @11:48AM ( #15050600 ) It's interesting that the majority of these "Web 2.0" companies are still making their money off of paid advertisements, which seems to be a very "old web" business model. Are there any companies that are doing new and interesting things with commerce itself? http://slashdot.org/articles/06/04/03/1121244.shtml
  5. 8. Web 2.0 = low-contrast pastel colors (Score:2, Insightful) by Bloodwine (223097) on Monday April 03, @12:06PM ( #15050818 ) For all the talk of CSS and XHTML making content more accessible, I find it funny that color-blind people re brushed under the rug with all the low-contrast designs most of these Web 2.0 sites are sporting. http://slashdot.org/articles/06/04/03/1121244.shtml
  6. 9. Along the same line of Synergy and Proactive.. .. (Score:2, Funny) by Arwing (951573) on Monday April 03, @12:25PM ( #15051011 ) For me, web is (hopefully) ever evolving, and it will just be THE web, with no version number attached at the end. http://slashdot.org/articles/06/04/03/1121244.shtml
  7. 10. So, what is Web 2.0? <ul><li>The question is the point. </li></ul><ul><li>The point is not your answer. </li></ul><ul><li>The point is that everyone seems to be asking this question. </li></ul><ul><li>As essentially contested concepts go, Web 2.0 is not too hot to handle – over 1400 definitions of “the state” even 50 years ago. </li></ul>
  8. 13. AAU Secretariat’s Key Questions on Knowledge Societies in Africa

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