O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Session

Tech Trends: Hard Numbers Behind the O'Reilly Radar
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Roger Magoulas, Director Market Research, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Location: Portland 255

Tech trendspotting is a core competency at O'Reilly. It's how we figure out what books to publish, what talks to feature at our conferences, and what to cover on our web sites. Tips from our readers and other "alpha geeks" are our primary source of new ideas, but increasingly, we're looking for statistical data to amplify faint signals about tech trends. In this talk, Tim O'Reilly will present some of the data sources -- and data visualization tools -- that O'Reilly is using to discern tech trends in such diverse data sources as computer book sales, online job postings, Yahoo! search volume, and del.icio.us tagging. We'll look at what these sources tell us about such subjects as which computer languages are most popular, how Linux is faring against Mac OS X and Windows, and what's the most popular PVR option after TiVO.


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