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Web 3.0

Steve Wheeler shares a presentation Web 3.0: The way forward?. Steve takes a three-fold view of web development: 1.0=linking, 2.0=participation, 3.0=existing data reconnected for smarter uses. Stephen Downes responds “let me be the first to name the new web: Web eXtended (or just Web X)…idea of Web X is that it combines web 2.0 (social web) and web 3.0 (semantic web) to create what I have called, in the past, the semantic social web. But it’s more than just that, because it takes these and moves them off the web and into your hand. And more than just that, because it’s the web of data, the geoweb, augmented media, the 3D web, and more. The eXtended web – the web, extended from the internet, into your life.”

The development of the semantic web, linked data, and open data, coupled with location-awareness, recommender systems, augmented reality, data overlays, and similar developments is having a dramatic impact on how people interact with information and each other. Steve and Stephen have attempted to quantify the nature of that change and to name it. My own interest is more focused on how to use these developments to improve learning. This is coming together somewhat in the emerging field of learning analytics (conference announcement on that some time in the next few weeks!). Regardless of name/focus, the inclusion of smart(er) data in mobiles and learning will open new (and exciting) doors for education and learning in general.