Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
I've beenitchingto tell people aboutthisfor a while. Now officially mentioned on thenew web site'snews page, and in ournew CTO's blog. Lots of 'new', but still plenty of 'good old...', and room for a whole heap more 'new', too, so watch this space!
And I agree with every word. Read the lot, but the last two paragraphs bear repeating;
“So here’s the pitch from the new CTO: if you want to face the challenge of creating something world-changing; if you like the idea of a company that controls its own destiny and is small enough for you to change it; if you never want to stop learning; then I want to hear from you.
Come and find me atXTechthis week, or grab one of the other 8Talisiansthat are going and get the lowdown on what it’s really like to work here. If you can’t make XTech, then email email@example.com and tell them I sent you :)”
Yesterday was alongday; out of the house about 0600 UK time, and down to Heathrow. Boarded plane, which then proceeded to sit on the ground for almost two hours before taking off. I was next to a friendly baby (at least I was when the cabin crew weren't kidnapping her to play in the kitchen or show her off to the pilot), and Rob was sat in front of the mostmiserableold couple, who seemed to hold him personally responsible for their lack of leg room.
Once in Calgary, it was then two hours in a (ridiculously hot) little bus to arrive at the hotel and discover that I was in one (small) room last night, and moving to a (better, allegedly) different room today for the rest of my stay.
May is one of those absolutelyinsanemonths, where the conference organisers of the world unite in order to cram in as many events as possible before (presumably) the tourist season prices the good venues out of their reach.
Icouldprovide a scarily long list of all the events weTalisiansthought about attending this month, but honestly can't remember them all. We have selected a number of them, though, and my two kick off after next week's Bank Holiday asRoband I jet off tothe Web conference, way up high in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
Both events look great, and I look forward to meeting up with various people while I'm there. I also hope to line up a good pipeline on the current series of podcasts, which I am really enjoying.
Although disappointed not to see some of the people atSemantic Technologythe week after, I am definitelygladto be spending some time at home... and not crossing the Atlantic and all of North America twice in a fortnight.
Travel-related mutterings on here as usual; proper event commentary onNodalities. Glad we have a long weekend here in the UK before that little lot kicks off...