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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Web 2.0 meets traditional publishers

Mark Chillingworth, Will Web 2.0 revolutionise information providers or kill them? Information World Review, February 21, 2007.  Excerpt:

...So how will the traditional online information providers adapt and cope in the Web 2.0 world? Huddled together in a hotel in west London, IWR discovered a cabal of bright young Web 2.0 things debating the issue with online publishers from the legal and scientific worlds.

At first there was the appearance of never the twain shall meet, with the Web 2.0 crew sporting jeans, trainers and a laid-back air of confidence while the traditional online publishers were impressively corporate in suits and ties.

Tom Coates, a technologist from Yahoo Technology Development, kicks off by summing up the disruption in attitude that is affecting information providers. “It’s in your interests as an author, researcher or scientist to get your work read, so you slap it on the internet, but that is not in the interests of your publisher,” he points out.

Paul Miller, technology evangelist at library automation supplier Talis, adds: “The debate is how do publishers and scholars share data, yet formulate a business model?” ...

Miller at Talis believes there has been an enforced change taking place. “The sharing of information goes on all along. Previously, you only shared information post-publication; now, the act of publication becomes a distraction rather than something you really want to do,” he says of the new collaborative working methods researchers are using as a result of Web 2.0 technology.

Coates believes the organisation that recognises this yet remains a traditional information publisher is Nature. “Nature has recognised communities,” he says of its Connotea service for sharing research resources and tags....

Miller at Talis...: “Web 2.0 is opening up data, not always free data, and making it available to be dropped into other services and sites.” ...