A news report confirming that which I’ve commented on for a while – that the growth of social networks on the web and mobiles are going to revolutionise the web and also the way in which we produce, store, distribute and consume information.
Mobile devices are another growth opportunity, Rashtchy said, and video will be a particular complement. “This is going to get big, folks,” he said.
There’s another reason why CNET’s News.com website interests me.
Like Paul Currion, I’m interested in the visualisation of information – ways to represent complexity so as to make very large datasets more easier to navigate and comprehend. This is something that InfoShare experimented with in its early days through a tool called Semantic Navigator by ISX Corporation for Groove Virtual Office, that never got beyond the experimental stage, but was a phenomenally powerful tool that could work with massive databases to siphon relationships that would not be immediately evident.
News.com has a new feature derived from liveplasma.com – a visual navigator that allows one to graphically navigate through stories on the website and see their relationships with each other. Best used rather than described, this is precisely the type of information visualisation tools that need to be developed for ICT4Peace systems that enable stakeholders to more easily plough through complex issues without having to read through reams and reams of text.