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Association 2.0 webinar Q&A: What's the difference between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0?

We've come to the final stretch of our questions and answers from our Association 2.0 webinar. Up until now, we've focused on how social media technology applies to associations. But what's beyond the 2.0 era?

The semantic Web, or Web 3.0, has been increasingly gaining momentum as the next iteration of the Web. And like Web 2.0 technology, we see Web 3.0 technology coming the enterprise -- and in fact, parts of it are already in place.

But what is the semantic Web exactly? And how does it differ from the social Web? Read on for our response.



What is the difference between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0?

Inmagic says ...

This is an interesting and complex question. Although parts of the semantic Web are already here, many Internet experts believe it is still a ways off. And some technology professionals believe we need to get through Web 2.0 before we get to Web 3.0. But one thing's for sure. The semantic Web is continuing to move from an abstract concept to real-world utilization.

Web 2.0 is about dynamic, rich, interactive content. It's driven by shares, views, likes, ratings, comments, etc. The semantic Web is driven by the meaning of that content. It puts content into context, describing the relationships between things (A falls under the category of B) and the properties of things (like size, weight, price, etc.).

Content and information fuel the semantic Web. This is one way we're seeing the semantic Web carrying over to the enterprise. Companies are increasingly using meta tags to enhance their information repositories.

However, meta tagging falls short of achieving the semantic Web objective because it's not domain specific. What we see missing in the enterprise still is a technology known as the "fielded wiki." Fielded wikis allow domain-specific information to be added to the system. The key to effective fielded wikis is adding information that can be rapidly found and easily understood by other users in the proper context.

Semantic Web technology will be another important piece of the E2.0 pie, letting users dynamically discover and consume information, which becomes critically important for productivity.

For more on how Web 3.0 technology could impact associations, see this article, "The Next Traditions of Associations 3.0," from the AssociationNOW blog.

In sum: Semantic Web technology will be another important piece of the E2.0 pie, letting users dynamically discover and consume information, which becomes critically important for productivity.

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