All that glisters is not Gold

This is the title of the editorial section of the latest edition of the Journal of Librainship and Information Science. In it the editor outlines 6 ideas which he believes are driving the development of Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 applications. They are;

  • Individual production and user generated content e.g. Blogs, Wikis, photo sharing sites.
  • Harnessing the power of the crowd
  • Data on an epic scale
  • Architecture of participation, in its most basic terms this means that when a service is designed it is designed so that it encourages mass collaboration and participation.
  • Network effects
  • Openness

There are some quite subtle concepts explained here, which even I found quite hard to grasp initally. There is also some interesting terminology used like "Digital rain", this is a description of the amount of data that is currenlty being produced which Web 2.0 companies are reusing and as the editor puts it "fishing".