While we in the enterprise world are still working through the real opportunities and implications of the Web 2.0 movement, thinking about what is next continues to evolve. What might Web 3.0 look like and what value would it provide. Well, some are calling Web 3.0 the "Implicit web". Think of it this way. Where Web 1.0 has been described as the "reference web" and Web 2.0 as the "explicit web", the latest thinking on how Web 3.0 will emerge describes a world of web applications that gains intelligence through leveraging semantic data and draws implicit conclusions for the user. Think of it as the "Semantic Web"
Dan Farber reviews Radar Networks and Metaweb as early start-ups focused on leading the next web phase.
"Nova Spivack of Radar Networks maps out his view of the evolution of the Web over the next 25 years. Nova said he isn’t sure about exact dates or technologies on the top end of the map, but his view of ten-year blocks to fully evolve each phase is realistic. Nor should we get hung up on the naming convention–1.0, 2.0, etc. The idea that the next major deepening of the Internet as a platform will involve the semantic Web is reasonable, and was the subject of much discussion in November.
Nova’s stealth-mode company is working on what he describes as a "Java-based framework for semantic web applications and services that has some similarities to Ruby on Rails, and also includes a lot of other technology such as our extremely fast and scaleable storage layer for semantic data tuples, powerful semantic query capabilities, and a range of algorithms for analyzing data and doing intelligent things for users." The service that Radar Networks plans to introduce later this year "will enrich and facilitate more intelligent online relationships, community, content, collaboration and even commerce," he said in a recent blog post. In addition, another stealth startup, MetaWeb, is building something to do with the semantic Web."
A mapping of semantic connections of Information and People (through social software) offers a simple but powerful framework of how the Web continues to evolve.
(source: Nova Spivak, Radar Networks)
Assuming Web 2.0 serves as a proxy for the evolution of Enteprise 2.0 web applications, what would this Semantic Map of Web 3.0 imply for the evolution of Enterprise 3.0 web applications?