A research agenda for Web 3.0 technologies

Web 3.0 technologies: A research Agenda

Is Web 3.0 here? If not, what will it look like, when it will arrive? Professor Sorin A. Matei, Purdue University, predicts in the following pencast that the next wave of Internet technologies will be spatially and temporally anchored, will foster ubiquitous collaboration, and dynamic feedback interfaces will help groups be more cohesive and its members more in control of their environments. Dr. Matei proposes three sets of research question and three web services that illustrate these strategic development and research directions.




details at http://matei.org/ithink

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What is a pencast?

The Pulse (Livescribe) pen records your notes both as text (scan) and voice (lecture, talk, book on tape, etc., any sound at the time of your note taking). The notes (voice and scans) are stored during note taking on the pen itself. After you are done, you can connect the pen to your computer and upload the content (voice synchronized with the handwritten notes) either to your local machine or to the web. Once on the web, your notes become a “pencast”. The image of your notes is projected on the screen in gray. Upon pressing “Play” the voice recording starts rolling and the handwritten notes take a green hue, indicating at what point in the narration has the note been made. The written notes can be used as s navigation tool. You click at any point in the notes and the recording jump to that point. This is what I call “random access”. In addition, if your penmanship is decent, your notes will be digitized (words will be recognized not just as pictures, but also as ascii characters), meaning that you can search them using a search engine.This is ideal not just for note taking, but also for research (focus groups, interviews, etc).

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

One thought on “A research agenda for Web 3.0 technologies

  • October 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The addition of the spatial dimension and information overlays in web 3.0 is very interesting. I am particularly interested in how web 3.0 can be applied to specialized spaces such as presentational environments (classrooms, meeting rooms, performance/movie theaters). The livescribe pencast is also a great addition to this post. Thanks.


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