So I just spent the last two days in San Jose at the Semantic Conference and had a *fabulous* time. I’ve known Uche and Chimezie Ogbuji now for nearly three years and yet this was the first time we have actually met in person.
I also had a chance to meet and speak with Eric Miller for the first time which was an absolutely fantastic experience as was meeting all of the good folks who collectively form Zepheira, the company Eric Miller recently founded, bringing together the best in the semantic web business to aid with the ushering in of Web v.Next() (AKA Web 3.0.) (Update: I wrote this in a rush this morning and should have elaborated a bit more in regards to what I was referring to. As such, what follows is the elaboration I should have provided. Hopefully this will make a bit more sense in regards to why I was excited by the overall experience of chatting with Eric. ) After reading John Borland’s article from the MIT Technology Review in March, a lot of things that had previously made little to no sense (in regards to their applicability to the web) suddenly made a lot more sense. Being able to chat with Eric in person about some of these same topics was quite an amazing experience! While I still can’t say that I have a full grasp of everything that relates to the semantic web, it was obvious to me after speaking with Eric that some of the things I have criticized in the past had more to do with simply misunderstanding what these technologies were all about, and less to do with them simply not being relevant.
Moving forward: To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what story these pictures tell but there are probably quite a few folks that many of you will recognize, so while it may not tell a story like the title suggests, they still may be of interest to many of you.
As such, enjoy!
QUICK-NOTE: I met a *TON* of really cool folks at the conference. A quick shout-out to each of you: Thanks for the good time! Do it again next year? I know I’ll be there for sure! :D