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BLOG: Web 4.0: A look through the kaleidoscope

Tom Jenkins | Nov. 25, 2011
The four Internet eras leading up to Web 4.0 and what to expect next.

With the proliferation of networking and content in all types, it is vital that original content be protected by the owner. A digital rights tether maintains a "video mash up" from source which provides significant digital rights protection similar to the copying of a fax on a fax - the quality degrades significantly from using a "screen scraper" approach.

The biggest impact of high bandwidth and mobile devices is how it will change the way communication is carried out. Shown above is a procedure for jet engine repair that has been recorded with a smartphone and posted to the Web instantly. This type of communication replaces the older time-consuming and costly method of writing, editing, producing, distributing, and translating a paper manual. The gain in productivity is enormous and the quality of knowledge transfer is enhanced-powerful combinations for change when both qualities can be improved at the same time that cost and time are reduced.

Tom Jenkins is executive chairman and chief strategy officer of OpenText, is an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management.




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