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Re: AW: International Conference Venues

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:38:41 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <250409.20128.qm@web112616.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Daniel Smith <opened.to@gmail.com>, Anke Domscheit-Berg <Anke.Domscheit@microsoft.com>
Cc: "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Hi Anke,

A little background for you ...

Spookville is my name for a world where the CIA World Factbook, UN LOCODES, DBpedia, Wikipedia and Government Statistics all get together.  Government Statistics
as well as Trade Statics - like the Venue List - are reported with Regional Categories to protect Privacy and Business Secrets.  The problem I am trying to address is that there is no way "up" the tree or to search down using the Regional Categories.  Position, by Latitude and Longitude, is not of much help because at sufficient precision, dry land looks like rocks and the rest has wet rocks underneath.  I'm getting better at deciding on what facts need to be (Vocabulary Encoded) hard coded, but I knew I was on to something different when I had to consult several Wikipedia pages to arrange things in good order.

You should consult "My European Union" tomorrow - I spent the afternoon on fixing details.

Once you have the framework, you can start adding metadata in a reachable form.  I'm sure Berlin and World Cup fans would pay you some very good money for a directed search.  Berlin, because it would confirm their Business Model, and World Cup fans because fans are fans, not casual shoppers :o)  Good Luck.

Daniel, I launched the xslt with Firefox and made the HTML with Saxon.  I noticed that the two EU identifiers (URI's instead of text names) sorted differently, with the same XSLT.  Everything else seems fine, but it was odd.

--Gannon Dick
--- On Sun, 10/17/10, Anke Domscheit-Berg <Anke.Domscheit@microsoft.com> wrote:

From: Anke Domscheit-Berg <Anke.Domscheit@microsoft.com>
Subject: AW: International Conference Venues
To: "Daniel Smith" <opened.to@gmail.com>, "Gannon Dick" <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Cc: "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 3:06 PM

Hi all, 

Nice international venue location list at http://www.rustprivacy.org/sun/spookville/xslt, but I am missing the City of Berlin, Germany - which has already hosted a World Cup and will be hosting another one next summer. Berlin is one of the top 10 conference locations in the world, and sure enough, its one of the coolest places too where everybody likes to come (and to attend conferences). As to the government: it has the charme to be municipality, a State and the seat of the federal government at the same time - all federal levels of government in one place. It's where Eastern and Western world meet and its right in the centre of Europe. 

Welcome to Berlin - to whoever wants to organize a conference there :-)

Anke Domscheit-Berg
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-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] Im Auftrag von Daniel Smith
Gesendet: Sonntag, 17. Oktober 2010 21:51
An: Gannon Dick
Cc: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Betreff: Re: International Conference Venues

Wow, that's great, Dick.
Can I ask you what you're opening the xslt in?
I don't get much in my browser.
Thanks for the "now for something completely different."
Remember the Cheese Shop? (Not cheese)
Those guys were so funny.
Saved me from a broken childhood.

On 10/16/10, Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com> wrote:
> More often than not, the Cities which host conferences with 
> international scope are on the same short list.  Getting on the "short 
> list" for the Olympics, The World Cup, The Super Bowl, etc. is High 
> Art for Municipal Governments because success in staging a major event 
> can be very kind indeed to the Local Economy.
> Where the topic of a conference is Government or Governance, a certain 
> amount of empirical information about the higher levels of government 
> present is useful to understand regional statistical reports put forth  
> at a national level.
> The same general XML format used for "My World", "My European Union" 
> can be used to map these "Points of Interest" without swamping you with details.
> http://www.rustprivacy.org/sun/spookville/xslt
> I can't tell a Municipality how to land a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLV 
> February 6, 2011, Fort Worth, TX).  I can congratulate Fort Worth for 
> finding yet another way to annoy Dallas (always fun).  But I have it 
> on reasonably good authority that if you made such a list the National 
> Football League would sue your socks off, because they must have 
> thought of it first.  Try the Olympics or World Cup now that you have 
> the template ;o) --Gannon

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