Thursday Jun 28, 2007

Jazoon: Web 3.0

Well over 100 people attended my Web 3.0 talk at the Jazoon conference in Zurich today, which covered the same topics as my JavaOne BOF (slides here). You can count them here in the picture which I took at the end of the talk.

The Jazoon conference is 1/17th of the size of JavaOne, so the attendance numbers were tremendous. As a comparison I had 250 people attended the JavaOne BOF. Had the same percentage of the JavaOne conference attended my talk, I would have had an audience of 110\*17=1770!

I had just about time to cover the slides in the 40 minutes allocated to me, so it was really great to have a follow on question and answer session which at least a third of the people remained for. Dean Allemang (blog) shared the space with me on the Q&A, and was able to bring his vast experience to bear. The attendees were thus able to get a quick overview of TopBraid Composer which Dean presented quickly in response to a question on tooling. Questions on security popped up, which allowed me to speak a little more about RDF graphs and quads, essential pieces of the Semantic Web story.

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Jazoon

Roy Fielding gave his very well attended keynote presentation today (Tuesday 26) at Jazoon, the new Java developers conference taking place for the first time in Zurich this week. Coming here just to hear Roy talk was worth the whole trip in itself.

This is the first year of Jazoon, and yet the venue was able to attract over 800 developers (I am not sure of the exact number), which bodes well for its future. So to have close to 10% of the attendees (photo) come to Dean Allemang's talk "Semantic Mashups using RDF, RSS and microformats" was a very good surprise. Dean, who is working for TopQuadrant producers of the Eclipse based TopBraid Composer, is not just a very good presenter, but also a very knowledgeable Semantic Web evangelist. He gave Harold Carr (blog) and others a demo (photo) of TopQuadrant, that started up outside the conference room, moved down into the bar at the entrance (photo), and as it kept being interrupted by great side tracks into Philosophy, Jungian psychology (Jung of course worked in Zurich), Semantic Web company adoption, Literature, Mathematics, Religion, sexual politics, and so much more, that the demo only came to a tentative conclusion around 1am in a bar in the center of Zurich discussing the relations between REST and RDF and how this differed from SOAP. (For Dean's impressions of Jazoon, see his "Swiss Java" blog post.)

My talk, "Web 3.0: This is the Semantic Web" will be taking place on Thursday at 11am. I will be going into more technical details, looking at the foundations of the Semantic Web step by step. As a surprise I may even be able to get a slot for Dean to present his TopBraid composer, which is not just a Ontology editor, but also a complete mashup environment.

Time for me to go to sleep!

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