No. 20




Changing trends in information search – from static web to semantic web

  • Külli Solo

    Leading Specialist, the National Library of Estonia, parliamentary information centre

The article gives an overview of new technologies and possibilities of information search.

The author attempts to clarify the concepts of three versions of the Internet: Web 1.0 as “read-only web”, the Web 2.0 as “read-write web”, and the Web 3.0 as “read-write-execute web”. The early web (Web 1.0) allowed users only to search for and read information. Web 2.0 gives users the possibility to interact with one another more easily and contribute website content. Web 2.0 technologies include blogs, wikis, social-networking sites and content-sharing sites such as Flickr, and YouTube. Web 3.0 will be based on semantic markup and web services.

While the term ‘social networking’ may be new, the concepts behind it – creating a community, sharing content and collaborating with others is as old as human history. What is new is the digital medium, which makes connecting with other people faster, easier and more accessible to a wider population than it has ever been before. The new Internet audience conducts frequent searches and has little or no formal instruction in Web searching. The role of teaching efficient and effective Web searching will fall largely to school librarians and information professionals. The challenge is how to apply social networking in a digital age to enhance and extend the public service mission of libraries.

Full article in Estonian