Recovered from the Wayback Machine.
I decided, what the hey, I wanted to put my Emerging Tech proposal online. I’m rather fond of it myself. I may actually build something on this for the upcoming IT Kitchen.
Title: I, Poet
Conference: O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2005
Audience Level: General
Audience Type: This session is focused on a general audience, including technologists such as SysAdmins, developers, managers, and educators. There is enough geek to satisfy the coders; but enough speak for the rest.
As the universe of the internet expands, the inner core of the innovator compresses until now those seeking to find the newest incarnation of the web, the Semantic Web, circle around each other in a fast spinning wall that forms both a barrier to those watching from without, and a burden on those within.
In plain English, we haven’t reached the ‘Oh yeah, we need people, too’ epiphany among all of our technology efforts.
This talk focuses on the schema related innovations and the need within each for a critical mass: enough participants in the schema to generate value above and beyond each individual’s contribution. It explores the difficulties inherent with reaching critical mass for new schemas, especially as they relate to what is known as the ’small s, small w’ semantic web–the bottom up approach to the next generation of the web.
It covers several schemas that have achieved varied success in reaching critical mass, and explores what propelled each out of the hands of the geek, and into the hands of the poet.
The session also looks at what we can do to interest not only the poet, but the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker; without them, the semantic web is just so much hot wire.
The semantic web extends beyond the schemas and the wiring to run them; it also requires the participation of people more interested in finding a poem that uses a bird metaphor than on building the next generation of the web. But what lure can we build to capture a poet?