The Knowledge Media Research Center organized a workshop on educational portals (Workshop Bildungsportale) where I was invited as a panelist for the closing panel on educational portals and Web 2.0 together with Reinhard Keil (Uni Paderborn), Klaus Birkenbihl (W3C) and others.
Although the focus was more on portals for schools and universities, it turned out to be a very interesting event on the changing role of portals in Web 2.0. Especially, our view that grassroot Web 2.0 approaches (characterized by blogging and tagging) and more top-down Semantic Web approaches do not contradict, but rather complement one another although it is not clear how both of them fit together. Also the trend towards portals as service providers (instead of information providers)was common sense among the panelists.
Interesting approaches were presented (among others) by Benjamin Birkenhage (ZEIT online), Richard Heinen (Lehrer-Online), Stephan Mosel (Bildungsblog), Thomas Sporer (University of Augsburg, Knowledgebay) and Stefanie Panke (IWM-KMRC, e-teaching.org).
There will be a book about the workshop which will be published next year where a digest of the different views will be collected. Stay tuned.