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Web 2.0 Architectures by Duane Nickull, Dion Hinchcliffe, James Governor

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Chapter 8. Where Are We Going from Here?

“Where do we go from here? Try to find a better place, but soon it’s all the same. What once you thought was a paradise is not just what it seems”

Chicago, “Where Do We Go from Here”

Often it seems as though you can’t turn around without discovering some great new pervasive online software. But the core ideas of Web 2.0 are also spreading at a surprisingly rapid pace into a wider community that’s applying them to different contexts. The patterns described in this book are already being applied to new problems in different spheres, while new solution patterns are being invented by combining technology and social tendencies in new ways.

Web 2.0 Offshoots

Increasingly, we have been encountering new movements directly triggered by Web 2.0 ideas. They range across the spectrum of human endeavor. For example, a few years ago Law Practice Today, a journal of the American Bar Association, ran a detailed story on Web 2.0 and its tie-in with the law.[116] Why do lawyers care about Web 2.0, you ask? As it turns out, Web 2.0 has spawned a relatively full-blown movement: Law 2.0.

Law 2.0 is a conceptual departure from the law business of yesteryear. Like other aspects of Web 2.0, some claim it’s in beta right now. There is already a Law 2.0 application called Wex,[117] (a legal wiki encyclopedia available to everyone). Document management, a common challenge for lawyers, is evolving rapidly into document engineering. Integrating existing technologies such ...

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