I’ve been watching PubMed to see when some of the first occurences of ‘web 3.0‘ begin to trickle in, and I believe that other than the BMJ article – this recently-published article is the only other occurence. What I found edifying was that the authors’ take on web 3.0 and the semantic web is similar to my own, that they don’t shy away from either term – or quote my article, which is another point in its favour (in terms of our independent analyses).
Kei-Hoi Cheung, Kevin Y. Yip, Jeffrey P. Townsend, Matthew Scotch. ‘HCLS 2.0/3.0: Health care and life sciences data mashup using Web 2.0/3.0’. J Biomedical Informatics, In Press, Corrected Proof
‘After providing an overview of Web 2.0, the authors discuss two scenarios of data mashups in health care & life sciences (HCLS) facilitated by 2.0 tools such as Yahoo! Pipes, Dapper, Google Maps and GeoCommons. In the first, the authors use Dapper and Yahoo! Pipes to implement data integration in the context of DNA microarray research. In the second, Yahoo! Pipes, Google Maps, and GeoCommons are used to create a geographic information system (GIS) interface that allows visualization and integration of diverse public health, cancer incidence and pollution prevalence data. Based on the scenarios, the strengths and weaknesses of web 2.0 mashup technologies are outlined. The semantic web – a web 3.0 technology, according to the authors – enables powerful data integration, a salient aspect of the new web. The authors outline the intersection of web 2.0 and the semantic web and the potential benefits that can be brought to health research by combining these technologies.’