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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.
From: Dave Pawson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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?