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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Worldwide Lexicon
Brian McConnell, Founder, Open Communication Systems

Track: BOF
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Winchester

Moderated by: Brian McConnell, TrekMail Inc.

The worldwide lexicon is an open source project to create a peer to peer dictionary service that is accessible to any Internet device or application via the SOAP interface. Inspired by distributed computing applications such as SETI@Home, the worldwide lexicon will enlist a large number of Internet users to provide definitions and translations for words and phrases in most human language domains. While the task of creating such a dictionary is a large one, by embedding this application within popular applications such as instant messaging it will be possible to spread this workload across a large user population. Think of this as distributed human computation.

People who are interested in developing or hosting applications for this project, as well as prospective users, are encouraged to attend this BOF session. We are especially interested in hearing from people who are experienced in building large distributed database and directory systems (i.e. DNS), as this is a key aspect of this system.

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