Academics and scientists should have a next-generation social network for sharing knowledge more efficiently and collaborating on projects, says World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Speaking at the recent Profiting From the New Web conference, Berners-Lee noted that social networks do not talk to each other. He says that scientists need a different type of medium for working on the Web, but current social networks are not designed to connect them. "Twitter is not really designed for middle of the way discussion," Berners-Lee says.
Web scientists should help with the structure of this new network, but Berners-Lee notes that they also need to be more aware of social and economic factors. "Most systems are done with a hunch and are not done with understanding," he says. The conference focused on how the Web has transformed business models and what companies should do to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Web.
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