Tagging workshop was great. Some observations in no particular order.
1) A number of papers about tagging in the enterprise. The common theme seemed to be about creating a loose social network, understand and tap into expertise. (Papers: Fringe Contacts from IBM Research, Collaborative Tagging & Expertise from Avaya, Onomi from Mitre.
I have been looking over the program for the workshop on tagging at the World Wide Web conference, and I am amazed at the diversity and quality of the papers that will be presented there.
This is one of the reasons I enjoy working on tagging – the topic seems to attract the interest of practitioners, builder of systems and researchers. I am honored and more than a little overwhelmed to be the keynote speaker for the workshop, especially as I look at the list of papers to be presented there. There is some excellent work being presented there.http://www.rawsugar.com/www2006/rashmi.html
Well some people were. So there is a reunion dinner tonight in the city. I have too much to do before leaving for Edinburgh for the World Wide Web conference on Friday, so cannot make it. But its rather touching to see a reunion two days after Dcamp. If you could not make it, but want to keep in touch with folks you met at DCamp, join the DCamp mailing list. We had started it to help organize the event, but its now going to serve as an informal way for people to keep in touch, organize reunions, other events, or for anyone else looking to organize a DCamp in their city.
I have a lot more to write about DCamp and organizing unconferences, but need to catch up with some work. So that will have to wait. Enjoy some pictures in the meantime.
Came across an interesting article about endangered serendipity on the web. Steven Johnson bashed that piece arguing that there is a lot more serendipity in information finding on the web than in offline world (especially in librarier, encyclopedias etc.). I have mixed feelings about this – on the one hand, I do encounter lot of new information on the web. But is it enough?
I have been getting a bunch of questions about DCamp. Am going to update this thread as I get more questions.
Is there a carpool? There is a carpool going with people requesting / offering rides from San Francisco, East Bay, Half Moon Bay and from Orange County!
What about parking? There is some information about parking in the area around Social Text here.
DCamp, the unconference devoted to design and user experience is this Friday and Saturday. So far 160 people have signed up on the wiki to indicate they will come by. There are several interesting presentations lined up. Topics range from “Cinematic User Experience” (Sarah Allen), to Ajax spreadsheet demos (Andre Charland) to Redesigning eBay Selling Process (Micah Alpern) to Prototyping with Junk (Nancy Frishberg). Go here for the complete list.