The European Semantic Web Conference is over and I’m back in Galway. It was a lot of fun, two hundred smart and interesting people in a sea-side tourist resort, and the thought “I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this” crossed my mind a few times.
It was good to see that some of the topics close to my interest — SPARQL, Linked Data, the LOD project, Semantic Search — were well-represented in the conference program and in the attention of the crowd.
I gave four talks:
4. There’s more than US-ASCII, a two-minute lightning talk in which I complain bitterly about the inability of Semantic Web developers to properly handle characters outside of the usual US-ASCII charset in their apps. The single slide is reproduced below.
The best part was meeting in person for the first time some of the people I’m working with on a regular basis, including Michael Hausenblas, Keith Alexander, Hugh Glaser, Andreas Langegger, and Olaf Hartig, and making some exciting new connections. Email is great, but sitting down face to face still beats it by an order of magnitude in effectivity, and also in fun if drinks are involved.