Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Jonathan Schwartz atSunalsopostedon more or less the same topic which was, I am sure, entirely coincidental.
The move towards network-empowered applications and modes of working is undoubtedly both welcome and powerful, leveraging services and data from around the world, and (Microsoft argue) largely freeing us from the tyranny of the upgrade. As in the old days, someone else updates the applicationonce, on the server, and we simply receive the enhanced functionality.
At the moment, though, we suffer from lack of access toinformation resourceswhen we are off-Net. How crippled will we be when fundamental aspects of our applications (or the applications themselves) and 'our' data are beyond our reach in non-Lufthansa planes, non-GNER trains, or on the other side of exorbitantly expensive hotel network access charges?
The move to embrace and embed the Network has many benefits. We need to crack ubiquitous and affordable access to that Network if those benefits are to truly be realised by people other than those who spend all their time sat at a desk, connected to a wire.