Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Enterprise 2.0 - breaking a binary reality
I am at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston. David Weinberger kicked off the conference with a thought provoking session. He posited that the next big leap forward is the breaking of our binary thinking that has been transposed from our physical reality. We are already taking steps in this direction. A few things are happening: 1. Leaves will be on many branches 2. Data and metadata are the same thing. Metadata is the stuff we know and data is the stuff we don't. When everything becomes metadata we get smarter because we can find the stuff we don't know, 3. Unowned order. Tagging and other classification schemes are enabling users to sift out and discard data they are not interested in. Using experts to classify does not scale from the real world to the virtual world. Authority, trust and fallibility is changing. Wikipedia is cited as a great example. It is more trusted because it questions its own fallibility. This admission increases trust.