Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Web 2.00 pubication by Techwatch

Well if your interested in Web 2.0 and education you mustnt miss this one !!!

What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education

By Paul Anderson
Within 15 years the Web has grown from a group work tool

for scientists at CERN into a global information space with more than a
billion users. Currently, it is both returning to its roots as a read/write
tool and also entering a new, more social and participatory phase. These
trends have led to a feeling that the Web is entering a ‘second phase’—a
new, ‘improved’ Web version 2.0. But how justified is this

This TechWatch report was commissioned to investigate
the substance behind the hyperbole surrounding ‘Web 2.0’. It reports on the
implications this may have for the UK Higher and Further Education sector,
with a special focus on collection and preservation activities within

The report establishes that Web 2.0 is more than a setof ‘cool’ and new technologies and services, important though some of theseare. It has, at its heart, a set of at least six powerful ideas that arechanging the way some people interact. Secondly, it is also important toacknowledge that these ideas are not necessarily the preserve of ‘Web 2.0’,but are, in fact, direct or indirect reflections of the power of the network: the strange effects and topologies at the micro and macro level that a billion Internet users produce.

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