by Wendy Macaskill and Dylan Owen
Proceedings LIANZA Conference 2006

This paper gives a brief guide and overview of Web 2.0, a concept that loosely covers a recent intersection of Web technologies, content and communities.

Web 2.0 describes a range of increasingly popular web services that offer users dynamic interactive models of communication combined with the ability to create and share content. This collaborative environment has sparked new levels of interest and discussion around the future of the Web.

Some Web 2.0 applications can be seen as communally constructed virtual libraries and as a profession, librarians have been quick to seize on the potential of Web 2.0 to deliver services incorporating greater models of patron interaction and collaboration–sometimes referred to as Library 2.0.

This paper outlines a number of popular Web 2.0 sites, and also touches on local and international examples of libraries incorporating Library 2.0 tools into their services.

Finally the authors briefly examine the term Semantic Web and its impact on the future of web based services.

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