Web 2.0, Web 3.0 or a huge Paradigm shift to a “State of Now”

User driven content is not the only aspect of Web 2.0. It is also changing the way we live. Changing society. Changing business. Changing government. Changing us. Over the next few months my colleague Sonia Riahi and I will be exploring to what depth this is happening and where this may go. What follows are some video’s that illustrate this trend. Your comments are most welcome.

1. Social media and the demise of traditional advertising. “Mad(ison) Avenue Blues” clever lyrics to the music of American Pie, June 3, 2009.

2. The term “The State of Now” coined at the Twitter 140 conference in New York, June 16 – 17th, 2009


Cartography // GIS 1.0 circa 1968′

The genesis of Geographic Information Systems was in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with the development of the Canadian Geographic Information System (CGIS).  The “Data for Decision” promotional videos of the CGIS are historical testament to this great work, circa 1968. They are available on YouTube in three parts; Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Much of the CGIS data, in particular the Canada Land Inventory, was recovered from old magnetic tapes and is available on Natural Resource Canada’s GeoGratis. This recover effort is documented in Back from the Brink. I take two lessons from these videos; (1) data is relevant because it serves a policy or business requirement of an institution and (2) data is timeless and is not tied to the technology of the day.