64 people showed up to hear R.V. Guha speak about his work on TAPache.
The core idea is fairly simple: build a simple platform so that people can share data. Instead of the increasingly complex world of XML (where specs take 300 pages and are unimplementable), focus on a simple data model and a very simple query interface. It’s easy for people to export data, and since the data is basically RDF-style triples, it’s easy for programs to interpret the results.
TAPache also implements everything as an apache module and a client library. You can literally download the code and start experimenting with the semantic web.
Amazing stuff. Really. I only wish that Guha’s comment’s about commercial prospects (”We’re about 5 years away from any reasonable business model”) didn’t ring quite so true.
What emerging technologies are you interested in?