As semantic technologies prove their value with targeted applications, there are increasing opportunities to consider their usefulness in social contexts for knowledge, learning, and human development.
Social Web Evolution: Integrating Semantic Applications and Web 2.0 Technologies explores the potential of Web 2.0 and its synergies with the Semantic Web and provides state-of-the-art theoretical foundations and technological applications. A reference edition for academicians, practitioners, policy makers, and government officers eager for knowledge on Web 2.0 and social Web, this book emphasizes practical aspects of the integration of semantic applications into social Web technologies.
PrefaceAs semantic technologies prove their value with targeted applications, there are increasing opportunities to consider their application in social contexts for knowledge, learning and human development.
Semantic Web and Knowledge Management has been accepted as a critical enabler aiming to increase knowledge-related performance by better use of intellectual assets, in addition to which many governments are forced to increasingly deal with knowledge services that form larger parts of the global economy and society.
Thus there are recent examples of applications of semantics for empowering knowledge management or better supporting knowledge services for social networks. In this edited book we explore the potential of Web 2.0 and its synergies with Semantic Web, and we provide the state of the art in theoretical foundations and technological applications. In the context of Social Web Evolution, social and human issues are of equal if not higher importance than the technical issues that have tended to receive the bulk of attention in the past. Consequently, chapters that touch these aspects, or those that extend technical and domain knowledge to social and human issues are especially sought. This is intended to initiate a dialog between the social, psychological, and technical views of the field.
Web 2.0 is one of the hottest topics nowadays in Information Systems. Currently the main discussion is emphasized on technologies while there is a great demand for editions that will analyze the business models and business perspectives of the new generation web. This book is one of the first attempts to discuss in an integrated way the business implications of Web 2.0 and its linkage to business value.
Web 2.0, refers to a perceived or proposed second generation of Internet-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, mashups and folksonomies—that emphasize on online collaboration and sharing among users.
Additionally we dont wanna miss this opportunity to say thanks to IGI-Global Publishers, and in particular to Jan Travers and Kristin M. Klinger for giving us the opportunity to develop this book. Also thanks to all authors of chapters, for their interest in collaborating in this book.
Miltiadis D. Lytras, Athens, Greece, October 2008
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, Gijón, Spain, October, 2008