RE: [semweb-26] PAWS June Meetup

From: Wil
Sent on: Saturday, June 16, 2007 7:36 PM
Well, I know I've got a few ideas that I'd love to get some feedback on.
That sounds like a pretty good agenda for a meeting- a sort of feedback
forum where one person quickly presents an idea that semantic web enables
and we discuss for a few minutes. Repeat as necessary. Any comments on
this? As far as specific topics go, I'd love to talk about semantic web
technologies with respect to Ruby/RoR. 2 reasons for this: from the first
meetup I gathered there was a fair amount of overlap between these
communities, and I think a lot of us would like to see a lot more in the
way of frameworks and tools for Ruby/RoR. I would also love to learn more
about semantic web technologies applied to geospatial data.

,Wil

> 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
>
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> viksit
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> Subject: Re: [semweb-26] PAWS June Meetup
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> 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
>>
>> ----- 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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