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   Re: [xml-dev] Utilizing the Web's Whole Information Space, i.e., Mechani

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Isn't 2 a special instance of 3?

On 1/20/06, Costello, Roger L. <costello@mitre.org> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> 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 topic.
> 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 today.
> Here is the list that I have compiled thus far:
> 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 mechanisms/patterns.
> What other fundamental mechanisms/patterns are there on the Web today, that
> contribute to the whole information space?  /Roger


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