Preparing Writers for the Future of Information Systems
The pervasiveness of social bookmarking software, the ubiquity of RSS feed readers, and the instantaneous transmission of data are providing us with the opportunity to finally tackle the primary concern for knowledge workers that Vannevar Bush expressed in 1945: how to store, retrieve, and use effectively vast amounts of information. Writers, who at all stages of their work, must organize, retrieve, and use information, are going to need to become fluent in the new semantic relationships among technologies, data, and ideas.
This workshop offers a unique approach to thinking about how writers might employ Web 2.0 technologies to prepare for the future of information systems by adapting Nardi and O’Day’s (1999) idea of an information ecology to incorporate multiple online writing spaces. Specifically, attendees will create their own information ecology using Web 2.0 technologies. They will then be introduced to one contemporary writing genre—beatblogging—that has the potential to benefit from multiple, associated online spaces.
Beatblogging, or blending the efforts of reporters with experts in an area of study, becomes an important phase in Web 2.0 writing. Through social networking programs, this “pro-am” approach blends journalistic reliability with the trust the SN community maintains for its own members. As Web 2.0 merges into Web 3.0, with users selecting and sharing information through various software agents, beatblogging offers writers a first stage for creating the collaborative working groups needed to drive Web 3.0.
Keywords: Web 2.0, Web 3.0, Future of Information Systems, Writing
Dr. Bill Wolff
Assistant Professor, College of Communication, Rowan University
Dr. Diane Penrod
Professor, Department of Writing Arts, Rowan University