v. 23 #1 Standards Column – Preservation and the World Wide Web

by Todd Carpenter (Managing Director, NISO, One North Charles Street, Suite 1905, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: 301-654-2512; Fax: 410-685-5278) tcarpenter@niso.org

Our interactions online are increasingly based on customized profiles we set up on Websites, our past interactions on those sites, or our preferences, be they stated or computed. While we may visit sites like Flickr, Yahoo, Facebook, or our favorite online news site every day, we often don’t realize that the page we see is very different from the Websites’ homepages of a decade ago, or that they are very different from another user’s experience. A decade ago, as the Web was just forming, it was certainly not a real-time experience, nor was it interactive. In 2003, Allen Searls, coined the term World Live Web (http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/2011/02/18/bring-on-the-live-web/) as something that he envisioned the Web would become eventually — live and interactive in a way that it hadn’t been before.

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One thought on “v. 23 #1 Standards Column – Preservation and the World Wide Web

  1. There’s a point and an observation I’d like to make.

    First, the increasing personalisation of search and other website results means that serendipity (one of the pleasures of the internet 10 years ago) will get squeezed more and more.

    The second is that Google is experimenting with inserting live (Twitterstream) results into search results pages, so it is becoming even more interactive. I observed this recently when I searched for something in relation to a fundraising telethon that was happening in the UK the other week.

    I find both trends unsettling!

    Steve Hards
    Publisher, Free PowerPoint Resources