web 3.0/xWeb

George Siemens, elearnspace, Oct 13, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In the PLENKosphere recently we've been talking about the concept of the extended web (or xWeb) and of course xLearning. The idea of xWeb/xLearning is that it is a web (or learning) that extends beyond thew browsers, beyond the computer, beyond the web, even, in a variety of interesting and important ways. We're still waiting for Tim O'Reilly to trademark the term; meanwhile we've been fleshing it out. George Siemens provides a useful contribution that that effort with this article, in which he describes the role of linked data in xWeb. "Unlike the semantic web, which most people will benefit from but will never see or directly interact with, the xWeb has a direct impact on users. Essentially, the xWeb is a blurring web, reducing distinctions between physical/digital worlds through mobiles, location-based services, augmented reality, internet of things, and digital graffiti."
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