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Keynote: "Beyond the Hypes" PDF Print
Written by Dirk Staskiewicz   
Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Keynote Speech by Thorsten Leidig

Abstract

Web2.0, Semantic Web, Web of Applications, Social Networks are some major representatives of actual hypes in the internet community. Many people from accademia as well as from industry are asking themselves whether these trends will matter for their work and business. Actually, these hypes reflect emergent phenomena, which are caused in some community-driven pragmatic initiatives and could not have been foreseen. But here we see a pattern: at certain stages in the evolution of technology we will find certain inventions that seem to be small but a huge hold potential for unexpected innovative applications. HTML and HTTP, then Plugins, later DHTML, JavaScript, CSS, DOM, CGI, JSP, and so on - each caused a boost in diffusion of the Web in more and more areas of life. The incorporation of the XMLHttpRequest into the JavaScript of the Web browser (which is not in a standard BTW) recently lead to the AJAX and Mashup applications, which let people to offer applications even without server-side components. AJAX in turn lead to the advent of JSON as an alternative serialization format instead of XML, because it is better suited for JavaScript applications. It's amazing pragmatics that drive the evolution of the Web today. This evolution is not an organized or charted one. People in the community will use and adopt the Web technology very creatively to solve their own problems. What should we take out of this insight? What does that mean for the [[Semantic Web]]?

 
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