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Meetup Re: helping physical semweb communities?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 22:03:01 +0200
To: "Indra Chandon" <indra@semantia.com.au>, semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.sqddzbriw5l938@pc048.qadoc.oslo.opera.com>

On Mon, 02 May 2005 10:26:54 +0200, Indra Chandon <indra@semantia.com.au>  

> In follow up to Eric Miller's message about local SemWeb communities.
> Hi, my name is Indra and I was the Melbourne, Australia Semantic Web
> Meetup organiser, until meetup.com introduced a monthly fee of USD$9.00
> for hosting our community.

I was happy to pay the $9 / month if that was going to provide a proper  
service. It turns out taht this is to be paid by cheque posted to the US,  
which for foreigners more or less doubles the cost, and introduces a heap  
of stuffing around at the bank or post office. I was not happy to do that.  
If someone sets up a decent community setup, that caters for semantic web  
groups and allows us some playspace to post some RDF, I'd be prepared to  
sponsor a couple of groups at something like USD $10/month, and a couple  
more if it were more like USD $5. This isn't going to pay the bills on its  
own, but it won't hurt either, and if there are a couple of dozen  
communities interested it looks like a useful investment of effort...

So any RDF hackers out there wanting to make their testbed services pay  
for themselves, here's your chance. Note that I am after functionality -  
looking pretty isn't inherently important, but having nice interfaces for  
doing cool stuff, and being able to get my data back, is. (Think  
FOAF-a-matic, with some geo systems...)



Charles McCathieNevile                      Fundacion Sidar
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