Is the world open?

This short extract in elearning papers from an article by Richard Straub discusses how "The idea of 'openness' is emerging as a dominant attribute of key developments in our economic and social fabric" and how with the emergence and increasing dominance of Web 2.0, we now have "the infrastructure and tools to operate in new ways in open systems".

Yet collaborative, open souce, open access is not yet the norm (understandably as it often forces a complete u-turn in business strategy). However, this trend for 'openness' is likely to continue to grow, particularly as more of the big names join in. Google have recently announced that they will join Myspace and Facebook in enabling users to move their personal profiles and applications to other websites, further facilitating the social (and open) aspects of online life.

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