The Post-Spider World - A Conversation

Rael Dornfest, Founder and CEO, Values of n, Inc.
Cory Doctorow, Canada-US Fulbright Chair, Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California
Edd Dumbill, Principal, Useful Information Company
Dave Galbraith, Co-founder,
Gene Kan, Strategist, Project Juxtapose, Sun Microsystems

Track: Technical Track
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 11:15am - 12:00pm
Location: Colonial Room

Today's Web is a great, big, glorious mess. Spiders, robots, screen-scraping, and plaintext searches are the order of the day in a desperate attempt to draw sometimes arbitrary distinctions between needles and hay. Does P2P threaten to throw straw and needles to the wind or, rather, could distributed metadata provide a viable alternative to Web index store-houses? Panelists share their experiences, project plans, and hopes for the Post-Spider World.