Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Web 3.0?

Now there's a heading! As you are no doubt aware, there is still no one definition regarding web 2.0, but let's not get hung up on that......Web 3.0 is here!

Whatever it is, there is a new Real Estate site in Australia which was apparently developed based on the principles of 3.0. I've been in and even listed my house (OK unit) as I wanted to get a handle on the sites functionality. From where I sit it does a good job of organising content so that it's difficult to separate the corporate from the UGC. Maps, photos, blogs etc are all integrated of course. It is absolutely a networking community ahead of a commercial site. But it seems to be aiming to achieve both. Not a great deal of content is up yet though so it could be some time until the experience comes to life.

Check it out:

On another note, it got me thinking that my mates who launched http://www.iambored.com.au/ are on to something. Maybe this site is 3.0 as well?


James said...

I am really struggling to understand what lovethatplace.com.au is trying to achieve. They have said it is for 'property admirers', so you could use it to test the waters before you list it with a real estate agent?

Also, consider me slow or something, but how is this web 3.0 (let alone what that is)? I understand web 2.0 introduced the whole 'community' and 'network' driven aspects (ignoring forums), but can't web 2.0 include commercial interests as well?

Yvette said...

Hey James, here is a link to some press it received elsewhere....but I'm a little miffed re what the big diff is as well ;)


Anonymous said...

yea im afraid this has no connection tot he web 3.0 idea, or the semantic web as it will be known, this is simply a web 2.0 site, incorporating ajax, Google maps 'mash ups' and the social networking aspect of modern day web 2.0 sites. The semantic web relates to the interconnectivity of web services, and websites operating in an intelligent way, using things like web agents. Have a read of this article for an idea of what it will involve http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/12/business/12web.html

As far as love that place goes, i think it's aiming to combine a number of ideas from various sites in one location. The site is still in its infancy, and should hopefully provide some very useful features. At the minute it appears to be a very straight forward property listing site, but the blogging aspect has me intrigued.

I read this 'LoveThatPlace has a catchy name and an equally compelling concept. House owners are able to scope out the market interest in their property, or simply display their house for others to admire. They’ll be able to easily round up potential buyers, who will in turn be able to inspect properties with no obligation. The site can also be used to get decorating advice or renovation ideas.' here http://www.killerstartups.com/Marketing/LoveThatPlacecomau---Parade-Your-Crib-Down-Under/

Its seems fairly interesting, and as far as i can see it hasn’t been done before.

Yvette said...

Love you work Niel. Great article in the Times.

Which lead me to posting here the Wikipedia definition of the Semantic Web:

The Semantic Web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which the meaning of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content.[1] [2] It derives from W3C director Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange.[3]

At its core, the semantic web comprises a set of design principles,[4] collaborative working groups, and a variety of enabling technologies. Some elements of the semantic web are expressed as prospective future possibilities that have yet to be implemented or realized.[5] Other elements of the semantic web are expressed in formal specifications.[6] Some of these include Resource Description Framework (RDF), a variety of data interchange formats (e.g. RDF/XML, N3, Turtle, N-Triples), and notations such as RDF Schema (RDFS) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), all of which are intended to provide a formal description of concepts, terms, and relationships within a given knowledge domain.

Contents [hide]
1 Purpose
2 Relationship to the Hypertext Web
2.1 Markup
2.2 Descriptive and extensible
3 Skeptical reactions
3.1 Practical feasibility
3.2 An unrealized idea
3.3 Censorship and privacy
3.4 Doubling output formats
4 Components
5 Projects
5.1 Neurocommons
5.2 FOAF
5.3 SIOC
5.5 Linking Open Data
6 Tools
6.1 Browsers
6.2 Search engines
7 Services
7.1 Notification Services
7.2 Semantic Web Ping Service
7.3 Piggy Bank
8 See also
9 References
10 Notes
11 External links

[edit] Purpose
Humans are capable of using the Web to carry out tasks such as finding the Finnish word for "car," to reserve a library book, or to search for the cheapest DVD and buy it. However, a computer cannot accomplish the same tasks without human direction because web pages are designed to be read by people, not machines. The semantic web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so that they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, sharing and combining information on the web.

Tim Berners-Lee originally expressed the vision of the semantic web as follows[7]:

“ I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize. ”
—Tim Berners-Lee, 1999

Semantic publishing will benefit greatly from the semantic web. In particular, the semantic web is expected to revolutionize scientific publishing, such as real-time publishing and sharing of experimental data on the Internet. This simple but radical idea is now being explored by W3C HCLS group's Scientific Publishing Task Force.

Tim Berners-Lee has further stated[8]:

“ People keep asking what Web 3.0 is. I think maybe when you've got an overlay of scalable vector graphics - everything rippling and folding and looking misty - on Web 2.0 and access to a semantic Web integrated across a huge space of data, you'll have access to an unbelievable data resource. ”