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On the Horizon
August 2007

Wikis: The Application of Web 2.0

Author Affiliations
 

GARY S.WOODMDCRAIG A.ELMETSMDMOLLY A.HINSHAWMDJAY C.KLEMMEMD, MPHMARK R.PITTELKOWMDMARTIN A.WEINSTOCKMD, PhDDAVID T.WOODLEYMD

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(8):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.8.1065

Few concepts in information technology create more confusion than Web 2.0. The truth is that Web 2.0 is a difficult term to define, even for web experts. Nebulous phrases like “the web as platform” and “architecture of participation” are often used to describe Web 2.0. Medical librarians suggest that rather than intrinsic benefits of the platform itself, it's the spirit of open sharing and collaboration that is paramount. The more we use, share, and exchange information on the web in a continual loop of analysis and refinement, the more open and creative the platform becomes; hence, the more useful it is in our work.

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