EventWeb 16: Web 2.0 does not necessarily create a Web

There are many good efforts related to events on the web.  Companies like Eventful, Upcoming (part of Yahoo), and Zvents are using Web 2.0 technology for building environment for events.  They are developing tools for users to contribute events, import and export to calendars, request specific events, find out who may be attending an event and so on.  These are all interesting things to do.  It is nice to see progress in these tools because these are very important tools to build a powerful calendar of events at local and global level.

There is an interesting irony, however.  Though most people are using Web 2.0 tools to create events, these tools are not creating a Web of events.  In current systems, each event is a node – it is not connected to any other event.  Unconnected events are useful like having files on computer systems was useful before WWW was developed due to vision of Tim Berners-Lee.  As we have seen, connected files resulted in applications that were unimaginable before the Web.

Events have much stronger reasons to be connected to each other than documents.   There are natural relationships among events at structural, causal, and similarity level.  Events need to be connected to each other.  But just because we use Web 2.0 tools is not going to result in creating a Web of events.  And by now we know the power of networks – the power of connections.  It will be nice to endow these events with the basic connections to other events.

3 thoughts on “EventWeb 16: Web 2.0 does not necessarily create a Web

  1. Vasu

    Prof. Jain, I attended your talk ‘event’ at NUS today on the EventWeb.
    Could not ask these queries owing to lack of time. I’m wondering if the Event Web is relying on an Event Ontology. If that is so, is it not making v. strong assumptions & therefore a hindrance to its ‘organic’ growth. If you compare it to the development & growth of the current web ?
    thank you.

  2. Ramesh Post author

    EventWeb will not use event ontology in organizing and indexing of event information. It will use in mining, search, and building of composite events. SO it will not affect organic growth.

    In the current reincrnation of EventWeb at Seraja, it does not use any Event Ontlogies — there is very little in this area.

    Hope this helps.

  3. vasu

    Thank you. I have another query related to the composition of
    events. This could involve rules, and therfore cause
    conflicts & non-determinism in the behaviour of the event web ?
    Do you think this could be a weak-link ?

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