RE: [semweb-26] PAWS June Meetup

From: Paul
Sent on: Saturday, June 16, 2007 12:24 PM
Hi

I agree mostly with Viksit. My main interests are in text and language
analysis and classification, and the semantic web seems to fit fairly nicely
into that, although I'm yet to see any meaningful definitions of what it
actually means and any practical applications.

So I'd be interested in meeting up to discuss ideas and applications - my
problem so far has been work commitments (I couldn't even make it to the
semweb conference in SJ) and this is likely to be a problem again this time
as I'll be out of the country from June 26 to July 14.

I do think there needs to be some form of structured agenda though, even if
its just a pre-agreed list of ideas to discuss, in order to get the
conversation flowing.

Cheers


Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of viksit
Sent: Saturday, June 16,[masked]:11 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [semweb-26] PAWS June Meetup

Hey all,

Continuing on the thread of things to do -

Well, perhaps we could get an email based poll on people who might want
to talk about ideas they've been having - small presentations on catchy
things which come to you and you say "hmm, thats an interesting idea,
wonder if anyone's doing it/makes sense" et al. I know it happens a lot
to me :)

Now would also be a good time to figure out what the group intends to
aim at - getting together some 10-15 people interested in the sem-web is
great, but its also a great resource to achieve something from. Perhaps
if people are working on pet projects which they'd like to showcase? Or
have heard of a new, potentially interesting technology - this could be
come a nice platform for information interchange.

Again, we can follow the unconference style of meeting - anywhere with
laptops and web access, no fixed presentations - instead, a whiteboard
wuld suffice, et al.

Just my two cents - comments anyone? :)

Cheers
Viksit

Al Brown wrote:
> Hey Wil,
> 
> I wouldn't let that one meetup discourage your efforts.  Maybe it was just
the last minute time change.
> 
> The first meetup I had only brought in one other person.  I too was
wondering if it was such a hot idea the first time, til I remembered that
there was a meetup on the same topic the night before and another the night
after.  Tough competition for a brand new meetup.  the second meetup
attracted 6. 
> 
> So hang in there!
> 
> Al
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> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Wil <[address removed]>
> To: [address removed]
> Sent: Friday, June 15,[masked]:02:38 PM
> Subject: [semweb-26] PAWS June Meetup
> 
> Hi all, I wanted to (hopefully) start a thread for time/place/agenda
suggestions on the June meetup. I've currently got it scheduled for 7:00pm
on 6/27 at Vino Locale near University & Kipling. I don't have anything
special lined up, so at the moment it looks like kicking back for good
food/wine/informal discussion. If that's what people want, then we can keep
it that way. BUT. . .
> 
> The plan was the same for the last meetup, and I was the only one who
showed up (!). No doubt the meetup.com phenomenon is in full effect here,
but if you have any suggestions for how to make these meetups more
compelling, please let your voice be heard! We'll probably have to be more
accurate with our RSVP's before we start inviting outside guests to present
or do a little Q&A; maybe someone in the group would like to do a
presentation, even if the room might not be full ;)?
> 
> My plan is to try one more of these if I don't hear anything back on the
mailing list- if the attendance is near-zero and I don't hear much feedback
on the mailing list, I will probably hand off the organizing duties to
someone else until there is more interest.
> 
> Thanks for getting this far. :)
> 
> ,Wil
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