Monday, June 29, 2009

In These Times...

In a post entitled The Pros and Cons of Reinventing the Wheel on the esteemed ACRLog Maura Smale gives us some very interesting food for thought about where to find high quality instructional tutorials in multiple formats. She asks us to consider the importance of locally created content and she also wonders, "must our online instructional materials have our own logo and library name...(and) do we spend too much time reinventing the wheel when we create local versions of tutorials on common topics?"

Monday, June 1, 2009

Internet Time

Back in 1998-1999, I was working in at CyberSource, an e-commerce startup in Silicon Valley (before the "tech stock bust"). The CEO, Bill McKiernan used to have a favorite saying that he never failed to repeat at our frequent company and team meetings:
In Internet time, a day is a week, a week is a month, and a month is a year.
That maxim, for better or worse, is as true as it was 10 (calendar) years ago.

Are you ready for Web 3.0? No idea what I'm talking about? I'd never heard of it myself until just a few moments ago. As I'm writing this, there's not even a Wikipedia entry on it yet. *gasp!* :o>

Luckily, iLibrarian has made a quick & concise list of Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English:

Web 3.0 in Plain English[Click on the image above to enlarge for easier reading]
Digital Inspiration sums up the differences between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 and provides six related presentations which discuss Web 3.0 in detail.
From Digital Inspiration:
Web 1.0 - That Geocities & Hotmail era was all about read-only content and static HTML websites. People preferred navigating the web through link directories of Yahoo! and dmoz.

Web 2.0 - This is about user-generated content and the read-write web. People are consuming as well as contributing information through blogs or sites like Flickr, YouTube, Digg, etc. The line dividing a consumer and content publisher is increasingly getting blurred in the Web 2.0 era.

Web 3.0 - This will be about semantic web (or the meaning of data), personalization (e.g. iGoogle), intelligent search and behavioral advertising among other things.

If that sounds confusing, check out some of these excellent presentations that help you understand Web 3.0 in simple English. Each takes a different approach to explain Web 3.0 and the last presentation uses an example of a "postage stamp" to explain the "semantic web".
Ready or not, here we keep on evolving!