SMW Fall 2009 users meeting

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This was the planning page. For the official page for the meeting, now known as "SMW Camp 2009", go here.

Place here any thoughts you have on this meeting; don't forget to sign your name.

Location

Where should it be held - Boston? New York? Washington, D.C.? Silicon Valley? Karlsruhe? Frankfurt? Some other city?

London? I could help find a venue there, Karlsruhe is nice and easy for me too --SaulAlbert 17:07, July 7, 2009 (UTC)

I can only attend if it's in the Benelux or UK. So my vote goes for Brussels and London --Jeroen De Dauw 13:20, July 13, 2009 (UTC)

Shanghai? I'd love to meet SMW users and devs, but I guess I'm at the wrong end of the world at the time. Maybe we can meet here next year, during the Expo 2010 ;) --Patrick 07:47, July 13, 2009 (UTC)

  • Contacted the co-chairs of the Semantic Web "In-Use Track" for ISWC 2009 on 8 July; waiting for a reply...
    • Something to consider with this is the price [1]
    • CWDillon 19:17, July 9, 2009 (UTC)

I vote for either Boston (hopefully, Steven Forth@LeveragePoint/Monitor can host us again) or NYC.

For NYC, maybe we can sync this with a weekend Semantic Web meetup in the morning open to all SWNYC members, which can then roll into a two-day workshop, especially now that there seems to be a consensus among the different Semantic Web meetups to standardize on SMW.

Marco is a GENIUS when it comes to getting venues (perhaps, he can have Hearst CTO Mike Dunn host us again at the very impressive, hi-tech Hearst Tower - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Tower_(New_York_City) ). Maybe we should reach out to Marco?

Regardless, we should have a Skype component or something so other people who cannot join us physically can do so over the web. I'm also willing to have the group use my GotoMeeting account (but that only supports 25 attendees), but we can always use GotoWebinar which can support up to a 1000 attendees (they have 30 day trial).

If the group is so inclined, I can even bring my Rovio and let remote attendees take turns controlling it ;)

--Jnatividad 18:38, July 14, 2009 (UTC)

Dates

Do you have any specific dates you'd prefer, in the range of September to November 2009?

Also, it was held on a weekend last time - would the middle of the week be preferable?

I'd prefer a weekend in mid-late October in Karlsruhe/London. --SaulAlbert 17:06, July 7, 2009 (UTC)

I would vote for the Montreal/Boston area any time after September 1, with lots of advance notice. DavidM 13:43, July 12, 2009 (UTC)

Subject matter

Are there any changes you'd make from the mix of topics last year?

  • Using SMW to help the community support itself, by subject (in support of common ontology development) and (technical) requirement. Provide an updating orientation and decreasing the burden for top level devs. DavidM 13:49, July 12, 2009 (UTC)
  • Further development of the Tips section on this site, for example, in a way that can be easily exported to support Help:How To and develop power users. This has the added benefit of demonstrating successful (or unsuccessful) implementation of features and bug identification when upgrading.