semantic camp paris
By bblfish on Apr 17, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I attended the second Semantic Bar Camp which took place at the Orange research labs at Issy les Moulineaux, near Paris. This was a great opportunity to meet many of the French researchers in the Semantic Web space, to take part in the French debate, and to help convince interested parties of the reality of the technology.
Jean Rohmer of the large French defense group Thales played the role of the devil's advocate, arguing that the Semantic Web was just pie in the sky theory without practical applications. We delved into various aspects of the theory of the Semantic Web, and I underlined how the biological/evolutionary aspect of language, the Academie Francaise notwithstanding, was a key aspect in understanding the evolution of the web of data. But the best argument was a simple demonstration of the Beatnik Address Book, which showed how hyperdata could solve the serious problem of 2008: the growing number of closed social networks. At the next camp I hope we will be able to delve much more deeply into how to build real practical applications.
Many thanks to Karima Rafes for organizing this well attended bar camp ( pictures ). Stephane Lauriere from XWiki and who is on the Nepomuk Semantic Desktop project, also posted some photos. And I would like to recommend Alexandre Passant's blog to all french speaking readers.
The talk I gave is now available online with audio as "Building Secure, Open and Distributed Social Network Applications".