Are we already practicing web 3.0?

I just finished reading an article about web 3.0 on ReadWrite Web where web 3.0 is defined as being “about feeding you the information that you want, when you want it (in the proper context).”

Web 2.0 made it much easier to share and search information, but it also led to information overload for many users. Following the above definition, web 3.0 will be about personalization and recommendation. While it would be great if this really became possible technically soon, I am wondering if many of us are not already practicing web 3.0 as knowledge brokers in our respective niches.

I, for example, play the role of a filter and aggregator of information within CAPRi: After searching, receiving and digesting all the information that might be relevant to our network (i.e. a lot of futzing) I filter it down to the bits and pieces I feel are important to share. It seems that people are appreciating my work, but for this system to work, I have to have credibility and people need to trust my judgment.

Will semantic tools and their algorithms ever be trusted in the same way we trust our friends, colleagues or a blog we love to read? Will there be the continuing need for a person’s involvement? What does this mean for outreach of research and others who create new information?

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