More and more people raise the question: “What is the next big thing on the web? Is it web 3.0? When does it come?”
This week I was part of great debate on exactly this topic on the Information Management DM Radio show. You can find the recording here: Web 3.0 — Are We There Yet? (I am on about 40 minutes into the recording).
It was a great panel of industry thought leaders including Tom Tague from Thomson Reuters who talked about the OpenCalais initiative, Jim Kobielus from Forrester, Robin Bloor from Bloor Group and of course the always inspiring DM Radio hosts Eric Kavanagh and Jim Ericson.
Eric Kavanagh opened up by referring to a presentation by Eric Schmidt from Google on Web 3.0.
In the heated debate on a topic like Web 3.0 we certainly heard a lot of opinions, but I think everybody agreed that Web 3.0 includes features like:
- Programmatic/automated access to any information or process on the web, often referred to as the “semantic web” or the “API enabled web”.
- A personal robot that knows what you want, provides alerts and advice on time critical matters, performs automated shopping for you based on your purchase behavior, and even balances your bank account. Scary, but very useful.
Luckily this is exactly what the Kapow Web Data Server does and this is exactly what almost 500 customers of Kapow Technologies are increasingly using Web Data Services for. They turn the web into a database of programmatic interfaces to data and automate all off those processes everyone is doing both in their professional and personal lives on the internet.
If you want a more background information, here is a great article I recommend you read: How Web 3.0 Will Work.
Web 3.0 is indeed an interesting topic, let’s keep the discussion going.
By: Stefan Andreasen