Web 3.0 and the Search for Meaning

ARGH! Just as I am trying to figure out Web 2.0, I find out that Web 3.0 is on its way!
I’ve been pondering these issues particularly since the upcoming MLA Educational Webcast is entitled Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices: Discovering the Participatory Web. I like that phrase “participatory web” as a description, even better than the term “social media” used in the tagline for this blog. Here is the Wikipedia definition: “…a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services (such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies) which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users.”
During January, there has been considerable discussion about the concept of Web 2.0 and its corollary Library 2.0 in librarian blogs. For a taste of the discussion, sample these posts by David Rothman, John Blyberg, and maybe even try the biting, sarcastic wit of Annoyed Librarian.
Have you seen Dean Giustini’s BMJ editorial Web 3.0 and medicine: Make way for the semantic web? I printed out the PDF and slogged through it this morning. The table contrasting Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 was very useful. If the next big thing will be the semantic web, then I’m all for it. As an ex-cataloger, I have never felt very comfortable with the concept of folksonomies and uncontrolled vocabularies. Just adding more words somehow seems to make things more confusing and searching more difficult. Dean Giustini has linked to a great video explaining the semantic web over at the UBC Academic Search — Google Scholar Blog.

Facebook

Mostly for fun and curiosity, I set up a Facebook page for myself. Will you be my friend?

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My collegian son uses Facebook extensively to communicate with friends on campus and at other universities. But he certainly is not allowing his mother to see his full profile and his message wall. This is understandable and is one of the reasons I wonder how Facebook can be an effective tool in serving our library clients. I’m certainly not alone in my musings. Melissa Mallon over at ACRLog is much younger than I and shares my concerns. Her post is amusingly entitled “Is Facebook this generation’s Rolling Stones?” in reference to the generation gap created between this digital generation and their parents’ generation. Here’s what she says about this generation, “They’re very secretive and protective of their niche, and they just don’t want the adults intruding.” And who can blame them?
That said, I am going to do some more experimenting with Facebook apps. This weekend over at the SLA Blogging Section blog, there is a useful post on Facebook Apps for Librarians. I want to explore some of these.
And my next question is how Facebook is being used as a communication tool among librarians? I use e-mail extensively and I’m not sure if I want to check even one more place for communications…

Breezy Day

Today I attended the Breezing Along with the RML session Developing and Marketing an RSS Journal Service for Your Library. Is “attended” is the correct verb? Participated? I’ve never used that online presentation software before and it seemed to work fairly well. We could simultaneously see the presenters, their PowerPoint presentation or internet screen, comments and questions from the participants. I couldn’t read the smallest print on the presentation slides on my screen, however. Having to use the phone for the audio portion of the session seems so awkward to me.

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I saw the presentation in Omaha and wanted to listen again so that I could get more details. Taking one of their ideas, I’m setting up a demonstration feed reader account to show to some of my library users. Right now I’m setting it up with the table of contents feeds from the the library’s surgery journals. I’m amazed to find that the Elsevier journals do not seem to have a table of contents feed. Am I missing something here? I might just have to set up a feed from PubMed for those journals. Anyone out there have a better idea?

Conference Blogging

Already, your intrepid blog editor is thinking about how to blog the 2008 Midwest Chapter Annual Conference just up the way in Troy, Michigan. The conference wiki has a Blogging @ Midwest page where you can list yourself if you will be blogging from the conference. And tag your posts and photos Midwest08. One thing that I really enjoyed last year was sharing Flickr photos.

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I’ve picked up these conference blogging tips since the Omaha meeting. And don’t miss this tongue-in-cheek advice at A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette. Liveblogging doesn’t really work for me. If I’m frantically blogging, I find that I’m not really able to “digest” the information. So I’m hoping that someone else might want to try at this year’s conference. How about you?
That conference wiki looks interesting! It will be a great way to share all kinds of information. Looking for a roommate? Shared transportation? Want to know who will be attending which functions? How to get there? Where to EAT?
Want to keep up with all this information? Use your feed reader! Since the conference website main page is in blog format, you will be able to subscribe to find out the latest. There is even a feed for wiki updates! Already in my Bloglines feeds!