Start of December I attended the ESTC 2009 (European Semantic Technologies Conference) here in Vienna.
It was my first attendence, and it was interesting to see how the non-academic faction of the semantic web crowd looked like. I had seen the academic portion at the ESWC 2009 where I presented a paper on semantic time series in one of the workshops.
And while I wore my Topic Maps T-shirt publicly in Heraklion, at the ESTC it was kept well hidden under my pullover all the time.
I was just finishing up my last Perl test case for the day, when CatBert hopped onto the table. He sat down just behind the laptop screen and fixated me.
He knew exactly that this drives me crazy as we had been playing this game before. Obviously he wanted to tell me something.
Campus Villa Ida, Leipzig, Germany
(comment: website better looking than previous years)
This is one of the most interesting conferences.
I only find the title somewhat irritating.
While others have already reported what was newsworthy about the recent Topic Maps 2008 conference I resort here to list some quotes I picked up on the way:
"Portal discovery is a mistake".
(Peter Brown, loosly paraphrasing James Joyce)
"Nothing has changed since SQL."
(unnamed conference participant, about the evolution of technology since 1970)
"Books are good for stories. They are not good for knowledge."
(Weinberger, about, uhm, books)
"Researchers. They never do what you tell them."
Because of work I had only 1.5 days time to consume YAPC::Europe, so this entry cannot be representative of the event. But you would not have expected a neutral report from me anyway.
I was suprised about the size of the conference. The plenum almost filled the AudiMax of the WU Wien (University of Economics). Organisation was smooth, maybe I was missing a bit more "session management", so that the speakers were introduced a bit at the start and the question time is moderated.