Research Remix

May 1, 2007

More Open Data at XTech 2007

Filed under: conferences, xtech — Heather Piwowar @ 9:46 am

In addition to the BOF, XTech 2007 will include other sessions related to open data.  Useful to id the topics which are conference-worthy right now, that blend of cutting edge and mainstream…. somebody knows about it, and lots of people want to.  Helpful, obviously, for iding people interested in the topics.  Interesting, too, to see the breadth within “open data.”

Excerpted from the XTech site, with dates and places removed:

Open data sessions

Stephen Coast (OpenStreetMap)
Open maps are now a
reality in many areas where openstreetmaps enthusiastic volunteers
live. Joining these areas up is the next challenge, How do we get from
here to a map of the whole world?

Schuyler Erle (MetaCarta, Inc.)
Has the Great Mapping
Revolution really happened yet? or are Google Maps and their ilk merely
a prelude to an explosion of geographic data and maps, well,

Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge)
Science needs instant
availability of data published in journals
but there are serious barriers to obtaining and reusing this. The
presentation reviews the issues and proposes necessary actions.

Gavin Bell (Nature)
Tags are the new
links, but do they make sense to anyone but the tagger? What does
ubiquity mean for social creatures like us? Can social networks give us
a sense of provenance and act as signposts?

Francis Cave (Francis Cave Digital Publishing)
ACAP is a twelve-month
project to develop a global standard for owners of online content to
communicate access and usage permissions to search engines and other

Alex Brown (Griffin Brown Digital Publishing Ltd), Francis Cave (Francis Cave Digital Publishing)
Presents a major new
industry standard for representing licences electronically; and the
underlying XML and Web 2.0 technologies used for designing it and the
software systems that support it.

Suw Charman (Independent social software consultant/Open Rights Group)
An up-to-the-minute
discussion of the key digital rights issues to face technologists in
the UK & EU, from the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property to the
Television Without Frontiers EU Directive.

Can we increase the
number of people able to participate in established democratic
processes by making data open on the Web? Will share experiences learnt
from developing

Jon Trowbridge (Google, Inc.)
A project is underway
at Google to collect and distribute large scientific datasets using a
21st century “Sneakernet”: multi-terabyte disk arrays shipped via FedEx
and other common carriers.

John Evans (HIIT)
A presentation of the
Aware/ContextPhone collaboration as a real world example of Accidental
Surveillance and the Loca project as an example of approaches which
critically engage this phenomena.

Paul Miller (Talis)
Open Data is more than a religious debate. Increasingly, it makes good business sense. Come along to hear how.

Kevin Anderson (Guardian Unlimited)
The media is
fascinated with ‘user-generated content’, but the revolution starts if
you use geo-tagging & tools like Twitter to allow
‘citizen-journalists’ to network for real-time reporting

Katie Portwin (Quakr), David Sant (Quakr), Peter Arbuthnott (Quakr)
This paper describes
the experience of developing a 3D virtual world, based on publicly
available images and geo-metadata. A practical examination of the
hardware, the standards, and user practice.

Jo Walsh (Open Knowledge Foundation), Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge Foundation)
Atomisation of
software components allows amazing productivity through decentralised,
collaborative, incremental development. The potentials and problems of
this approach to open data distribution.

OpenID is a
light-weight, decentralised authentication system that is gaining
ground with enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike. Learn how it works and
what you can do with it.
Thomas Crenshaw (AIM/AOL), Kevin Lawver (AIM Pages/AOL)

AOL is working hard to
be more open. AIM and AIMPages are part of this initiative. This
presentation will discuss AIM’s vision of “open” and the tools that AIM
has provided to the community.

What great stuff.  I wish I’d found out about this conference sooner.  Anyone have a teleporter handy?

I do plan on attending ISMB in July.  They’ve posted their accepted papers:  I’ll go through them and mention any relevant snippets.

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1 Comment

  1. This blog is great! Go Heather! *chuckle* Heck – this posting makes ME want to go to that conference ;> I am going to enjoy reading what is posted here….

    Comment by Lara — May 1, 2007 @ 11:05 am

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