THE SOCIABLE WEB: Early MOSAIC called for group annotation functions
Art McGee points to an article by Paul Jones in Local Tech Wire that shows how the original group-ware functions for the CERN WWW browser were abandoned by the Andressen-led development group that produced Mosaic in 1993.
Jones writes “The team at NCSA lead by Joseph Hardin did a fine job, but the vision that had been provided by Tim Berners-Lee was depreciated greatly and the prototype Tim provided with his Nexus browser was largely ignored.”
A screen shot of the Berners-Lee’s CERN browser is worth looking at and shows the collaborative feel. click here to see.
Back in 1993, part of my job for Scholastic was to tune into what peple were doing that was interesting and useful–and groupware and collaborative browser tools where part of the list.
I went to Palo Alto to see what, Kevin Hughes and the folks at EIT were building as cross-network, multimedia collaborative tool for high bandwdith workgroup. Spent time at the University of California at Rohnert Park, where some folks worked on their own graphical browser with group capabilities, etc.
The current interest in social software and collaborative web spaces is an evolution of our earlier experiences online–most web creators started with publishing, distributing iniofrmation one to one or one to many, Ten years later, we are now moving into networking–information centers linked on nodes of friend of a friend (FOAF), work-group, community, affinity, etc.
Why the change? Peer to peer tools.
We can’t ignore the power of music file sharing and instant messaging to move people into a mindset where everyone is always on somewhere and it’s just a matter of plugging in and finding them. It’s that spirit that makes wikis, blogs, and wireless networks so obvious right for now.