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Birds of a Feather Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BOFs can be organized for individual projects (NoCatAuth, Gnutella, Freenet, JXTA), or broader topics (standards, policy, ethics). BOFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

BOFs will be taking place Monday 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm, and Wednesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BOF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may contact the Westin Santa Clara for rental rates.

The following BOFs have been scheduled for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

Searching Unstructured Data - Is Google the Best We Can Do?
Date: 05/13/2002
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Winchester

This BOF was held on Monday night.

Moderated by: Maciej Ceglowski, Center for Educational Technology

Unstructured data is growing at a phenomenal rate, and our search methods are not keeping up. Keyword searches aren't powerful enough to mine the data mountain. People talk a lot about the semantic web, but is there a way to get there without having to do markup on billions of online documents? The presenter has been working lately on latent semantic search engines, and would love to hear about other computational or AI approaches that look promising - support vector machines, natural language parsers, whatever else is up your sleeve. Also interested in getting access to large collections to experiment with these techinques.


Alternative Web Services Models
Date: 05/13/2002
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lawrence

Moderated by: Paul Prescod, Constant Revolution

More than three years into the era of SOAP, controversy still rages about the best way to build Web Services. The leading alternative to the "standard web services stack" is the REST architecture, which underlies the current Web. Some suggest that asynchronous, event-based strategies may be most appropriate. This BOF will discuss these alternatives and any others that participants suggest.


Worldwide Lexicon
Date: 05/14/2002
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.


Bridging the Digital Divide - The Pyramid Lake Paiute Community Wireless Project
Date: 05/14/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lawrence

Moderated by: Greg Gardner

This BOF would provide a forum for those interested in the implementation of a community-wide wireless network. Rural Native American communities have a limited infrastructure. Still, they need to provide educational, community and government services. The challenges and scope of this project provide for the unique opportunity to develop the complete Wireless Community Networking Model.


User-Experience Design and the Next Levels of the Web
Date: 05/14/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bayshore

Moderated by: Matt Jones, BBC New Media

Web services, The Semantic Web, P2P, WiFi - the emerging technologies being discussed at this conference are being examined primarily within a business and technology context.

This BOF session will try and explore the user-experience, usability and design issues that they throw up.

We'll try and have some informal talks about the technology - and get beyond the buzzphrases. Construct scenarios that look at the design opportunities they present, and also the challenges to the skillsets, mindsets and practices commonplace in the design community today.


Is Web Activity Decreasing? How can it be increased?
Date: 05/14/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Lawrence

Moderated by: Michael Curry, Instructor of Computer Science from the University of Oregon, who studies Internet technology and trends.

While more computers are being connected to the Internet, it seems that fewer people are taking the time to surf the web. Evidence of this shrinking audience can be seen in many statistics such as the decline in web advertising, domain registration, ISP contracts, and PC purchases.

Is this a trend, or just an anomaly? What is the Internet Professional to do in response to this declining audience? Is there a killer app that will bring users in large numbers to a site? In this discussion, we seek to pick the brains of the men and women on the front lines of the Internet campaign.


Next Generation Naming Services
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Winchester

This BOF has been CANCELLED.

Moderated by: Nicolas Popp, RealNames Corp.

We need an Internet naming architecture that moves beyond DNS, URIs and search. This BOF presents a naming architecture that reflects the architecture of today's networks. The concept of a namespace, a unique class of Web services deployable on a desktop, in a P2P context, a corporate Intranet or the Internet is introduced.


Weblog Evening
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lawrence


Fork Meeting
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bayshore


Mangling The Middle: Better Connectivity Through Packet Collusion
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Winchester

Moderated by: Dan Kaminsky, DoxPara Research

Most infrastructure-related attacks center around the man in the middle modifying content for good or ill; I think the position of being trapped between two colluding endpoints may very well be more weak. Empirical evidence for this claim may be apparent, as new and exciting techniques for NAT2NAT TCP, guerilla multicast, and extremely fast stateless network scanning (on the order of a Class B in four seconds) come into reach.


Policy Planning for Wireless
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Lawrence
Moderated by: Andy Oram, O'Reilly & Associates

We need new technologies--including 802.11 wireless and user-owned fiber networks--to bring in new broadband users and promote new, flexible applications. But these technologies will have difficulty making headway unless government agencies understand their importance and support them. This BOF will discuss policies and effective strategies for promoting them.


dot Inventory - Bad Metrics Kill Good Emergence
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Bayshore

Moderated by: Rich Persaud, Autometa Corporation


P2P in 10 years? What P2P might look like in a decade
Date: 05/15/2002
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Stevens Creek




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