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April 05, 2006

Visualizing the Web Infostructure I - Cites, Insights, Farsights

Here I will be using the term infostructure, NOT infrastructure, and in the context of the Web as it evolves.

I am amazed to read the cover story of the Newsweek, April 3, 2006, by Brad Stone and Steven Levy:
Who's Building the Next Web?: Got a lot of free time? You're going to need it to enjoy the fruits of Silicon Valley's latest labors: start-ups that want you to spend even more of your life online.
This article is all about the emerging worlds:

+Prosper ... Read the full story.

And related stories from the Visible as well as the Invisible Web:

~~~~Is Web 2.0 Entering "The Trough of Disillusionment"?<br>
Dion Hinchcliffe Rebuts Jeffrey Zeldman: Web 3.0 – Web 1.0 = Web 2.0

In terms of visualization, I like the reflection this article allows. See this image:
~~~~Newsweek Cover Story Tackles Social Search, Tagging and Related Issues, Reading Shelf, Compiled & Edited By Gary Price, MLIS:

This time Newsweek tackles social search, tagging, and the rest. Flickr's Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield grace the cover. Services mentioned include the usual suspects and a couple of others:
+ Flickr
+ YouTube
+ MySpace
+ Facebook
+ imeem
+ Dabble (This company hasn't even launched yet and the authors can't describe what it is; their pr person should get a raise.)
+ del.icio.us

So you have by now looked, seen, and now please move ahead... with the help of Google Blog Search

***Finally, a farsight [coming from the Cites & Insights' Seventyfive Facets]
25. The future? It ain’t here yet!
Mary Ellen Bates wonders “whether and how I’ll adapt to the New Infosphere” in this “info pro” column in the January/February 2006 EContent. She harks back to the Firesign Theatre’s “The future…you may already be there”—when the future involved a computerized president and “errant PDP-10 microcompu­ters.” (How many people remember when the PDP-10 was a “microcomputer”? In computing power, certainly—but remember the size?)
Bates isn’t quite ready for ubiquitous computing. She offers some useful examples, but also some examples where a lot of us may not desire ubiquitous computing. As for what some people seem to feel is “necessary” today—“Do I really need to monitor the news every ten minutes? Will my life change if I’m not responding to email every quarter hour?” She recognizes the downside of living in the present: failing to take the long view. “Some issues require more than just information; they require contemplation and time to simply let the matter percolate for a while.” Her close, reason by itself to go read the column in full:
I wonder whether this is the future of always-on Web access: instant access to quick information but less time to ruminate, ponder, and reflect. The future is coming faster than it used to, and I wonder if we’re ready for it.

While my stream of consciousness was aggregating all the above today, another librarian in Norway was synchronizing his idea plane to visualize the emerging Web infostructure. Idea plane, notational plane and verbal plane are the three categories Dr. S R Ranganathan explained, as these three manifest the due process of catalgoing.
Read the following:

Chaper 1 - Web 2.0 - new tools

What should I include in this chaper?
Here is my list of things I should write about (inspired by Think Big:
+Social tagging/folksonomies - del.icio.us, cite.u.like
+Social networks - LibraryThing, Flickr, Orkut, friendster, myspace, spray,
+Network worlds and games - World of Warcraft, Anarchy Online, Halo
Continue your reading from that Blog, called Librarian 1.5

See also: The Semantic web’s place on the Hype Cycle, By Tim Finin on Thursday, August 25th, 2005:
On the rise XML Topic Map
At the peak Public Semantic Web
Sliding into the Trough OWL, RSS
Climbing the slope RDF
Off the Hype Cycle Semantic Web

PS. In short, a concern for the Web Infostructure is global, not local anyways.

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