Tuesday, 15 April 2008

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is tricky to define and there are numerous definitions around. These have ranged from the short “Web 2.0: it’s people” by David Sifry in 2006 to a much longer definition originally provided by Tim O’Reilly in 2005.

Rather than get bogged down in the technicalities of what Web 2.0 is, I prefer to think of it as an umbrella term that covers the many different ways we can engage with the web. My interpretation of it is that it fundamentally represents a change in the way that we interact with the web. It has given us technologies that are interactive, participatory and dependent on content provided by the user. This has resulted in a much better experience and applications that are more fun.

On a personal level my use of Web 2.0 revolves around
facebook, flickr, netvibes, blogger. These are just a few of the technologies that are out there, the picture below shows some logos of other applications. In this blog I'm going to focus on the Web 2.0 applications that archives can make use of and why they should do so.
A montage of Web 2.0 logos assembled by Stabilo Boss.


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