The Web 2.0 revolution and the promise of Science 2.0

David Stuart


The term ‘Web 2.0’ was coined to refer to certain attributes that differentiated some of the most successful websites at the beginning of the twenty-first century from those that were less than successful. It gained widespread attention and has been adopted by individuals in organizations in many sectors. This chapter discusses three of these attributes in detail: the web as a platform; harnessing collective intelligence; and data as the ‘next Intel Inside’. Particular attention is given to their application within science, where the ideas can be translated as transforming the world of scholarly publishing, providing new opportunities for citizen science and even ...

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