Web 3.0

Source 1: Website

”To many, web 3.0 is something called the Semantic Web, a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee… In essence, the Semantic Web is a place where machines can read web pages as much as humans read them, a place where search engines and software agents can better troll the net and find what we’re looking for.’

Metz, C. 2007. Web 3.0. [online] Available at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2102852,00.asp [Accessed: 11 Mar 2014].

I found this source by doing a basic Google search, typing in ”web 3.0 definitions.” Out of the many websites that came up, I felt that this website provided me with the most in depth information that was easy to understand. I used a basic search instead of Google Scholar as I wanted to be provided with a basic understanding of the term ‘web 3.0’ before I found more academic sources. 

Source 2: Report

”At the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh, when asked by TechWatch about the likely characteristics of ‘Web 3.0’, Tim Berners-Lee stated that he believes that the next steps are likely to involve the integration of high-powered graphics (Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVG) and that underlying these graphics will be semantic data, obtained from the RDF Web, that ‘huge data space’. A focus on visualisation is also evident elsewhere: Ted Nelson, the inventor of hypertext, is working on FloatingWorld: a system for displaying documents, including the links between them, in three dimensions.”

Anderson, P. 2007. What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education. [report] p. 52.

I found this source through using Google Scholar, as once I had found a basic definition of ‘Web 3.0’ I found this report useful to find more information about the term, which could be considered more academic and more technical, as Anderson uses more technical terms such as Scalable Vector Graphics, which people without knowledge of this specific topic may not understand. 

Source 3: Newspaper Article

“”Many people keep asking what web 3.0 is.” Berners-Lee said. ”I think it may be when you’ve got an overlay of scalable vector graphics – everything rippling and folding and looking misty.””

Shannon, V. 2006. A ‘more revolutionary’ Web. New York Times, 23rd May.

I found this article by searching on reliable newspaper websites and archives, until I came across a few articles which discussed Web 3.0. I chose to use this specific article as it included direct quotes from Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, which suggests that the definition of the term ‘web 3.0’ used in this article is as accurate as we can be provided with.


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