- to understand the Web as a "space" of information
- to learn to take effective advantage of the whole space of information
other words, to effectively utilize the Web I must be able to exploit all
the information, not just information from, say, web services.
seeking your thoughts on this topic.
above is pretty abstract, so let me make it more concrete.
me start by giving my definition of the Web, and then a concrete statement
of my objective:
The Web is a network of information, that can be traversed
and assembled in user-specified ways.
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.
is the list that I have compiled thus far:
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.
Wiki: information is collaboratively grown. The information is massively
connected to other information, thus reflecting the many ways that knowledge
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.
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.
other fundamental mechanisms/patterns are there on the Web today, that
contribute to the whole information space? /Roger