Kathirvel K

What is Web 3.0?

Posted on: October 3, 2009


What is Web 3.0? What is the difference between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, or the Semantic Web? This article will examine the confusion surrounding Web 3.0.

The war of words between technology evangelists about Web 3.0 continues and, in particular, a series of blog posts were exchanged between Tim O’Reilly and Nova Spivack about the merits of “Web 3.0.”

What Is the Difference Between Web 3.0 and Web 2.0?

While O’Reilly believes that Web 3.0 is an extension of Web 2.0, Spivak – regarded as a champion of the term Web 3.0 – believes it will be a third generation web approximately between 2010 and 2020. In order to understand Web 3.0, we must balance it against the existing Web 2.0. In the Web 2.0 universe, searching Google for “Gary Price” will yield a plethora of unrelated hits. Web 3.0 solves this problem by providing context to searching for online information.

Intelligent Web

Web 2.0 is about social networking and mass collaboration with the blurring of lines between content creator and user whereas Web 3.0 is based on “intelligent” web applications using:

  • Natural language processing
  • Machine-based learning and reasoning
  • Intelligent applications

The goal is to tailor online searching and requests specifically to users’ preferences and needs. Although the intelligent web sounds similar to artificial intelligence, it’s not quite the same.

Openness

Web 3.0 is about openness. By “opening” application programming interfaces (APIs), protocols, data formats, open-source software platforms and open data, you open up possibilities for creating new tools. Although Unlike openness can result in identity theft, Web 3.0 attempts to remedy this through:

  • Open identity
  • OpenID
  • Open reputation
  • The ability for roaming portable identity and personal data.

  • Read more: http://internet.suite101.com/article.cfm/what_is_web_30#ixzz0SrjkXPRh

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