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The Web That Wasn't

gigamaster submitted 2007/10/29 4:31, published 2007/10/29 4:31 | 20506 views
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Today we get a very valuable tool to organize information, thanks to Ono. I hope that we are going to make a good usage of Xigg module.

So, for my first post, I would like to share with you the following video that go way back to look at precursors and great cognitive innovations that have been and are being made. It tries to explain from where it comes and how did we get here, the web.

About This Video Google Tech Talks October, 23 2007


For most of us who work on the Internet, the Web is all we have ever really known. It's almost impossible to imagine a world without browsers, URLs and HTTP. But in the years leading up to Tim Berners-Lee's world-changing invention, a few visionary information scientists were exploring alternative systems that often bore little resemblance to the Web as we know it today. In this presentation, author and information architect Alex Wright will explore the heritage of these almost-forgotten systems in search of promising ideas left by the historical wayside.

The presentation will focus on the pioneering work of Paul Otlet, Vannevar Bush, and Doug Engelbart, forebears of the 1960s and 1970s like Ted Nelson, Andries van Dam, and the Xerox PARC team, and more recent forays like Brown's Intermedia system. We'll trace the heritage of these systems and the solutions they suggest to present day Web quandaries, in hopes of finding clues to the future in the recent technological past.

Speaker: Alex Wright Alex Wright is an information architect at the New York Times and the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, which the Los Angeles Times called "a penetrating and highly entertaining meditation on our information age and its historical roots." Previously, Alex has led projects for The Long Now Foundation, Cali... Added: October 26, 2007

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