A number of scientists have written enthusiastic blog posts about the potential of Google Wave including Peter Murray-Rust, Cameron Neylon and several others. A post entitled Google Wave: possibilities for librarians on the Rambling Librarian blog provides a useful summary of Google Wave and how it aims to provide a response to the question “What might email be like if it was invented today?”
The Rambling Librarian post also picks up on the important “implication … that digital preservation will be even more critical. Imagine all the collaborative efforts gone when the server crashes. Or power fails.”
Absolutely! And let’s ensure that the digital preservation aspects are being considered right at the start of any development activities rather than being ignored by those focussing on the new possibilities which this technology can provide.
Hmm, I wonder if there are any funding possibilities available for exploring the preservation aspects of Google Wave?