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   RE: [xml-dev] XTECH 2006 Call for Papers announced

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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:davep@dpawson.co.uk]

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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