By bblfish on Dec 04, 2008
Last year we had three Semantic Web related talks: one panel presentation, an introduction by Dean Allemang, and a small Birds of A Feather session. The talks went very well and were very well attended, surprisingly so given that they were somewhat in the wrong logical order, starting with the panel discussion, and ending with theory. Dean Allemang had over 300 attendees at his talk ( slides ). JavaOne is compared to most developer conferences huge. There are usually over 15 thousand attendees, so it is an excellent venue to speak to and convert a very large crowd to something new in one go.
I don't expect us to grow at the same rate as we did last year (we had a 200% increase in the number of talks). But I think we really should fit in some presentations on Java Semantic Web Frameworks, such as Sesame, Mulgara, Jena, or something that gives an overview on all of them. But I am not here to decide what goes in these talks. The track to look at is probably services track which covers a huge swath from cloud computing to web 2.0 SOA and more.
Remember that JavaOne attendees are practical people most of all. There is also a very large space for businesses to introduce attendees to their products. So we are here at the point where research meets business.
I know this clashes with the 6th European Semantic Web Conference in Greece, so I myself may have to do the impossible task of being at both simultaneously. On the other hand it is only one week before the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, so it can be a good time to visit the Bay Area, and meet the companies here, or vacation in the sun. :-)