As we step forward into the next generation of computing, the internet is experiencing a major revolution in its domain. The web is slowly morphing from a Web 2.0 to a whole new Web 3.0. However, web 3.0 has still, a long way to go before it can be implemented for real.
“So what is the big deal?”
Web 2.0 had revolutionized the way in which websites present their content to users. Structured layouts, the use of layers in presenting information, the buzzwords that replaced flashy banners, sleazy elements, pop up(s) and so on. The message was loud and clear: if you wanted to increase your website traffic and do business, your design had to be “user friendly”.
Today, Web2.0 has achieved whatever it had set out to achieve. The user now see terabytes of information, laid out on a palate in a precise, structured and presentable manner. Well today, more or less this is what your perspective of the internet is. However, what does this information convey to its machine counterparts?
Of course, we are talking about all sorts of servers and end systems that collectively participate in delivering your requested information to your browser. With an increase of focus towards presentation, the information content has become more abstract for the machines to process. The machine views a web page as simply information stacked between HTML tags and formatted in ways that hide the intrinsic meaning of the information. Thus it is a difficulty to further process and mine this information for the machines.
This is exactly what Web 3.0 is being built on. However, it is not here to replace Web 2.0, but will render a parallel layer in addition to it. The new layer will add semantics to the information that will be transferred over the web. Machine intelligence can then be applied to process as well as mine this information so that web sites are no more dull pages of text and graphics.
Welcome to the world of web services and the domain of a new Web 3.0, where smart and intelligent services revolutionize what simple web sites have to offer. Web sites will now not only present information, but also expose certain methods that will allow you either full or partial access to the information repository of the service. This will assist an organization to offer their services to their B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Customer) clientele in an open platform or framework. What is ultimately being aimed at here is, structuring information for the machines so that they can communicate themselves and present information to you that will be more customized and relevant. Unstructured information shall pave way for more structured and relevant content. A new open framework would slowly evolve for more intelligent computing.
More on this later. Till then, let us keep an eye on how things are likely to evolve!