Web 3.0 – The next generation internet

What is Web 3.0?

Web 3.0 is about creating a more “intelligent” Web.  It is a way for us to tell computers  how to take large amounts of data it and deliver it to us in a more meaningful and usable way.  Web 3.0 promises to take away the repetitive tasks that machines can do at a fraction of the speed, and enable people to do what is uniquely human, to simplify our online experience.

Web 3.0 is a collection of technologies that consist of the semantic web, linked data, natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence, mashups, & APIs.  Regardless of the specific technology, the core idea behind Web 3.0 is that when your information is organized you can extract much more meaningful and actionable insight from that information.

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL)–the languages that power the Semantic Web–have become standards and new technologies are reaching maturity for embedding semantics in existing Web pages and querying RDF knowledge stores. Something exciting is clearly happening in this area. That is none other than web 3.0

Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform.

History of the Web

Web 1.0: In the beginning there was AOL, Geocities and Hotmail. The early days were all about read-only content, static HTML websites and navigating around from “link listers” like Yahoo.

Web 2.0: As technologies matured — and people did, too — user-generated content and “read-write” interactivity arrived on the scene. No longer were people mere consumers. Ordinary (non-IT-industry) folks began contributing their energy, information and ideas via blogs and such sites as Flickr, YouTube, Digg and the “social networking space.” The line between consumers and content publishers grew increasingly blurred as Web 2.0 inched its way toward the next revision number.

Web 3.0: If implemented in a way consistent with the most publicized dreams and visions (“plans and strategies,” if you prefer), Web 3.0 will be the Semantic Web. Clarity and usefulness would result from attaching meaning to data, leading to personalization à la iGoogle, intelligent search as never before imagined and “behavioral advertising” that is tailored to individual consumers.

Web 3.0 is still in the early stages and we still have a lot of challenges that need to be solved.   In order to push Web 3.0 through we have to have another “industrial revolution”.