TECH TALK: Web 2.0 Conference: Observations (Part 3)

Marc Canter summarised:

Software as a service
– Salesforce, NetSuite, Gmail
– This is a MAJOR new trend
– Via RSS or as web services? debate
– Tools server strategy – MaestroCMS

On-Demand computing
– IBMs efforts paying off
– Google building their own grid
– Platforms are back but theyre distributed and highly efficient
– prices are very negotiable for hosting and bandwidth

Lean & Mean
– scarred veterans rolling up their sleeves for 5-7 year journeys
– path to liquidity via sale not IPO (see this months Biz 2.0)
– nature of Web 2.0 bottom line, profitability survivor’s instincts

IT meets Open Source
– SpikeSource
– Continued movement of IM, digital identity and social networking into IT

Open Standards
– Google, Amazon and eBay are part of the platform
– Technorati, Moveable Type and MeetUp too
– Tribe shipped FOAFnet compatiblity, eCademy and Orkut close behind

Rich Internet Applications
– Oddpost
– Laszlo goes open source
– Macromedias failures and future

The BBC picked on an idea by Brewster Kahle: Universal access to all human knowledge could be had for around $260m, a conference about the web’s future has been told. The idea of access for all was put forward by visionary Brewster Kahle, who suggested starting by digitally scanning all 26 million books in the US Library of Congress. Brewster Kahle’s idea is to scan as many books as possible and put them online so everyone has access to that huge amount of knowledgeHe estimated that the scanned images would take up about a terabyte of space and cost about $60,000 to store. Instead of needing a huge building to hold them, the entire library could fit on a single shelf.

Jeremy Zawodny elaborated on what Brewster Kahle had to say:

26 million books in the Library of Congress. Half are out of copyright. A book is about a megabyte. That’s 26TB of data, which costs $60,000 to store today. Google announced this morning that they’re digitizing in-print material and out-of-print material soon. It costs about $10/book to do scanning. That’s $260 million to get the whole thing.

Do we want to read books on screen? For $1/book, you can print and bind a black and white book. Lending from the library is supposedly $2, so it’s cheaper to just give the books away!

Audio. 2-3 million discs exist. 700 bands, 1,600 concerts, lots of taped stuff that bands let you trade. It’s a community. 200,000 different songs. Lots of fringe stuff is well served by the Internet. Non-profit record labels working well but need hosting. So the Internet Archive will offer unlimited bandwidth and storage forever for free if you use a Creative Commons License. It shouldn’t be a penalty to give things away–but it is on-line.

Moving images (movies). 100,000 – 200,000 movies. About half are Indian (?!). 300 on-line now w/out copyright. This is also doable. There are even Lego movies.

TV. Recording 20 channels in DVD quality 24 hours a day. They have around 1 petabyte already.

Software. The DMCA let’s them do that too.

Web. The Internet Archive is already well known. 20TB/month growth.

Over 1GB/sec of traffic. Multiple copies around the world.

Tomorrow: Observations (continued)

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Rajesh Jain

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