Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Nice summary of web 2.0 for the digital humanities

It's an old post (2006, gasp!) but the points Web 2.0 and the Digital Humanities raises are still just as relevant in the digital cultural heritage sector today:

In summary:
  • Give users tools to visualise and network their own data. And make it easy.
  • Harness the self-interest of your users - "help the user with their own research interests as a first priority".
  • Have an API -"You don’t know what you’ve got until you give it away", "Sharing data in a machine readable and retrievable format, is the most important feature. It lets other people build features for you"
  • Embrace the chaos of knowledge - "a bottom-up method of knowledge representation can be more powerful and more accurate than traditional top-down methods".

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