My objective is:
- to understand the
Web as a "space" of information
- to learn to take
effective advantage of the whole space of information
In other words, to effectively utilize the
Web I must be able to exploit all the information, not just information from,
say, web services.
I am seeking your thoughts on this
The above is pretty abstract, so let
me make it more concrete.
Let me start by giving my definition of the
Web, and then a concrete statement of my objective:
Definition: The Web is a
network of information, that can be traversed and
assembled in user-specified ways.
Problem: If the Web is all
about creating and exploiting networks of information, then it makes sense to
understand the Web's fundamental mechanisms/patterns of information
formation and usage. So, the problem is to identify the
mechanisms/patterns of information usage and formation on the Web
Here is the list that I have compiled thus
1. RSS/Atom: information is
syndicated. That is, consumers pull the information. The information
contains links which enable the consumer to traverse to information
that is of interest or value.
2. Wiki: information is collaboratively
grown. The information is massively connected to other information, thus
reflecting the many ways that knowledge intertwines.
3. Traditional Web Sites and Web Services:
information is exposed (made available). If a consumer wants it, he
must go and get it. Information is exchanged. The information
is linked to other related information.
These mechanisms/patterns all contribute to
the Web's information space. Effective use of the Web requires me to
understand and utilize the whole information space, i.e., all of these
What other fundamental mechanisms/patterns
are there on the Web today, that contribute to the whole information