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RE: SWUI Workshop at CHI? (was RE: [CHI-ANNOUNCEMENTS] CFP CHI 2008: Workshop/Course submissions due 15 June)

From: T.Heath <T.Heath@open.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 23:11:33 +0100
Message-ID: <E0FEA5DF00E59E409F90C854A1B45BAA031996D6@EPPING-EVS1.open.ac.uk>
To: "Scott Henninger" <scotth@cse.unl.edu>
Cc: <public-semweb-ui@w3.org>

Hi Scott,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Henninger
 
> There 50-75 people in attendance at the Interactive workshop in San Jose (CHI 2007), so the 
> interested parties exist.  Some were quite knowledgeable about Semantic Web topics.  People 
> from Firefox and the like as well as academics.  There are some related technologies that were > brought up such as Microformats.

That great news, and particularly interesting that groups such as Firefox were represented.

> I think broadening the discussion to include social tagging and other Web 2.0 topics is 
> healthy.  In parts it can show people that the gap between the "Hyperlinked Web" and Semantic > Web is narrowing.

I think broad appeal is important, but there's also a strong case for being very careful not to dilute the data web message. I think that tagging and microformats in most cases don't result in the same issues (interaction-wise) as are raised by a linked (semantic) web of data. The sweet spot to find would be getting people along and interested without having to dilute the message too much. As you can guess, I'm still feeling bullish ;)

> The CHI Workshop CFP does state that a typical workshop is 15-20 participants.  But 1) we 
> should cast the net wide enough to get 15 to 20 good participants

Agreed.

> and 2) the conference is in > Florence, Italy, which could cut out some US participants.

That's a shame; strong representation from the North American HCI community would be important in getting real buy-in I guess.

Cheers,

Tom.
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