Web3.0 Much More Than Semantics
December 26th, 2007 in Web 2.0 Startups
My last blog on the shift and comparison between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 defined the basic structure of Web that we look forward to in years to come. Now when people are struggling to get their heads around Web 2.0. I wouldn’t say we emerged from the session with a clear picture of this third generation Web. But I’m just trying to give you some ideas on the same.
Anyone who read articles on the Internet business descended on the San Francisco Web 2.0 summit recently this year, which featured speakers such as Jay Adleson of Digg.com, Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, MySpace co-founder Chris De Wolf, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., and many other brains behind high profile websites and properties on the Internet. One of the topics of heated discussion to come out of the seminar was the ‘web’s edge’, what lay beyond web 2.0 and how will the semantic web or ‘web 3.0′ link all the Internet’s data in an intelligent fashion? A new type of Internet is being imagined, far beyond what we are experiencing today.
We all looking for a Web that will link every aspect of our digital lives, web, email, mobile, knowing the subject of the email you are writing whilst suggesting books, videos and documents that may be relevant to that topic. A smart Internet is waiting…
All the shifts in Web movements (Web 1.0 to 2.0) have been possible cause of the technology that drives them. . If it was not for the Wiki and the idea of “community voting” then Web 2.0 would never have occurred.
Web 3.0 is much more than just semantics. I would like to state it as a Web where everything will be smart. User will not have to visit several websites to search for information. In this New Generation Web what we call Web 3.0 users will just have to send out their software agent to search for their relevant information. For example instead of going to websites for checking fares and flight timings user will be able to see the records for every flight they’ve ever taken on any airline, the miles they have covered, where they went, what happened to their luggage, etc - all in one place.
And for this we will have to get very good at specifying the exact meanings of things and we will have to improve our research area so that various pieces of software can make sense of our requests. It’s a lot easier than repeatedly trying to find the right phrase to type into Google!
Technologies Web 3.0 will comprise of
Open peer-to-peer grid storage, and computing capabilities on the Web.
Higher bandwidth, more storage, and more powerful processors empowering mobile devices.
Increase in the power of personalization tools and personal assistant tools.
Smarter search engines that not only answer questions, but will accept commands.
Data integration and portability
Improvements in account portability, integration, and data between different Web applications.
Fundamental change, moving away from the relational model and object model towards the associative model of data (graph databases and triple stores).
One of the main organization tools in Web 3.0 that we will use is widgets and a host of data management technologies. Many of these technologies are here today, in one form or another.
RSS. A Web 3.0 Driver web 3.0
As we all know that the entire business models are being created around aggregating meta-data. Netvibes allows you to create your own personal homepage, drawing much of its content from RSS feeds that you select. iGoogle does the exact same thing.
In Web 3.0 RSS will be extended to include a host of data-points it currently does not. Each blog post, every picture, every video clip will have searchable, taggable, XML based syndication around it.
Software Agents And Expert Systems
Web 3.0 will have Software Agents and Expert systems as an off line access point. A knowledge based system i.e. a computer program that contains some of the subject-specific knowledge and a piece of software that acts for a user or other program in a relationship of agency.
The Secrecy Caution
Reputation management, Data privacy will be some major issues of Web 2.0. When users are given a provision of RSS feed (in one form or another), the ability to protect the feed can be crucial.
Web 3.0 gets in the improvement in privacy features. The ability to block certain actions from being indexed, or limit the access to your profile by third party sources will be the next big push in internet security and privacy.
I weigh in favor of Web 3.0. Again, Web 3.0 is an area where there’s little bit of experimentation with a lot in the way of results, in terms of doing something useful for a large number of people on Web. Whether Web 3.0 or what we call the Next Generation Web can do it is anyone’s guess.
I would like to take this topic further and discuss the whole Web 2.0 roundup and take a sober look at the pluses and minuses here.