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Whither the web

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Three decades later...what's next?

A brief history of innovators who helped birth the Web, what they dreamed of, what they designed, and how we might pick up the mantel and continue the march forward for greater human flourishment.

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Whither the web

  1. 1. Whither the Web? Three decades later…what’s next?
  2. 2. Hi • aka BigBlueHat • Solutions Architect at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. • Co-Editor of the W3C Web Annotation Data Model & Vocabulary • Co-Chair of the W3C JSON-LD Working Group • Co-Editor of the ARIA Annotations spec (draft!) • Contributor to the W3C Web Publishing Working Group • Core Committer at Apache Annotator
  3. 3. Information Management a very brief history…of why I care
  4. 4. Vannevar Bush
  5. 5. Memex – circa 1945 • “We seem to be worse off than before — for we can enormously extend the record; yet even in its present bulk we can hardly consult it.” • “One cannot hope thus to equal the speed and flexibility with which the mind follows an associative trail, but it should be possible to beat the mind decisively in regard to the permanence and clarity of the items resurrected from storage.” • Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified.
  6. 6. The Mechanical Encyclopedia Invented by Angela Ruiz Robles in 1949 A “read only” memex
  7. 7. Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart
  8. 8. Mother of All Demos & Acronyms • Mother of All Demos – the mouse, keyboard(s), video conferencing, hypertext • DKR – Dynamic Knowledge Repository • OHS – Open Hyperdocument System • CoDIAK – the Concurrent Development, Integration, and Application of Knowledge • NLS – oNLine System
  9. 9. Frode Hegland (and friends) • Future of Text • Demo@50 • HyperKnowledge  Web Annotation, JSON-LD • Jrnl  Journal from NLS/Augment
  10. 10. Ted Nelson
  11. 11. Words • Hypertext and Hypermedia in 1963 • Transclusion • Virtuality • Intertwingularity (in Literary Machines) • Docuverse
  12. 12. Inventions (some of them) Project Xandadu ZigZag
  13. 13. Sir Tim Berners-Lee
  14. 14. Information Management: a proposal circa 1989
  15. 15. Semantic Web published May 2001
  16. 16. Linked Data image from lod-cloud.net
  17. 17. Solid
  18. 18. Core Concepts Egocentric Architecture Personal, mental augmentation Self-centered storage Networked collaboration Cross (organizational) boundary linking Co-edited knowledge web/graph New types of content and communication Intertwingled data, content, annotations Interdependent content vs. resilient (lack of) retrieval Transclusion vs. 404 Greater human flourishing through (easy) information access and retrieval
  19. 19. Document Centrism No apps; No brands; “Pure” content Easily creatable Uniquely identifiable Quickly retrievable Cross-organizationally distributable Intertwingled-able
  20. 20. What’s in the way? “Presumably man's spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory.” – Vannevar Bush
  21. 21. Vannevar Bush’s parting warning “The applications of science … may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.” – Vannevar Bush
  22. 22. What’s next? • Collaboration!  Apache Annotator  W3C Open Annotation CG  Annotating All Knowledge • More Egocentric Architecture  Solid  ActivityPub  Web Annotation Protocol  Atom/RSS • Web Annotation for interop • Build the memex you want to see in the world.
  23. 23. Thanks! bigbluehat.com GitHub | Twitter

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