Stephen Downes

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George Siemens, Connectivism, Jul 19, 2010

I think we've decided it's called xWeb - "the utilization of smart, structured data drawn from our physical and virtual interactions and identities to extend our capacity to be known by others and by systems." It's what I once called the Semantic Social Network, with the addition of mobility, personalization, virtualization and presence. Rita Kop posted today on the extended web, saying "The combination of all four would lead to Web X.0 (Steve) or Web X (Stephen). I myself actually prefer the full name ‘the eXtended web' as it tells us a little more about its possibilities for learning, and George rightly asks for the lift of the debate from semantic games towards what this Xweb (;-)) means for education and learning."

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