The emergence of Web 3.0

A voice in the distance: “Web 3.0?  I’m still trying to get the hang of Web 2.0!”  Sounds familiar?  On the upside: hopefully you’ve already got Web 1.0 nailed; on the downside… it’s gonna keep evolving!

I’m enjoying this slide from Digital Inspiration showing the progression from what we now call Web 1.0 to Web 3.0:

Evolution of the Web from Web 1.0 to Web 3.0

Evolution of the Web from Web 1.0 to Web 3.0

If you’re still worried about getting to grips with Web 2.0, perhaps looking at the first column will remind you how much you’ve already mastered!

Here’s comment on Lone Wolf Librarian‘s post on the same topic:

So, for libraries who are starting to get their head around integrating Web 2.0 stuff like, patrons sharing tags and adding comments, or linking in with external social networking platforms; chop chop, there is no time to rest. The Semantic Web will be upon us before we know it (and as the semantic web has the potential to significantly improve the quality of searches through the linking and association of an object’s or concept’s attributes) this is something librarians really do need to understand…”

Good to bear in mind when teaching anyone anything: give them a broader context and a more distant horizon than your immediate learning objective demands.  They may not fully comprehend it, or even remember it all, but the next time they encounter that information or situation, they will have overcome the first hurdle of unfamiliarity and will be better prepared to understand it.


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