RE: XTECH 2006 Call for Papers announced
Trolling, Dave? Ok, I'll bite. It is brand du jour, in my opinion, but that is how conferences not focused on a specific technology or technologies or an issue are sold. Otherwise, it is "all things web and webbable for those who need to be told and those who want to tell others". I'm not making a joke. For how many years now have we been dedicating a conference to XML? The main value of these, again in my opinion, is to get people together consistently over some number of years to present their results and to discover interests and that's ok. As to comments about SOA and Ontologies, SemWeb, etc.: no one cared about SGML outside the docGeeks until it was applied to problems everyGeek cared about. I think one such problem is patent validation and review. If you look at patent reviews, you realize quickly that it is a terminology and date chase of references across submitted documents. Another word for that is a graph of proof assertions and if the SemWeb can handle that, it would be well worth some dollars and sense to build it for the lawyers who do that work at the USPTO. For that to work, some smart group of SOA/SemWebbers would have to create patent applications based on ontologies and make that available as a service. Web 2.0? Is it new? No. Is it trendy punditry to claim the idea? Yes. Is that bad? It is distasteful. Does taste matter in marketing? No. It is only important that a mix of newbies and veterans get together at intervals to talk. Out of this comes the power to shape the future by conflict and consensus. It's another geek kaffeeklatsch. It is as important as the ideas discussed are applicable and the values of the attendees are shared or clarified. I think the usual suspects will be there minus those of us who are fading from the scene. Good luck to Ed and crew. len From: Dave Pawson [mailto:davep@d...] On Wed, 2005-11-16 at 16:35 -0500, Elledge, Marion wrote: > The theme for 2006 is "Building Web 2.0". If web 2.0 is hot air, what is a conference on web 2.0? A sales dream?
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