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BathCamp #11

7th April 2010, 8:00 PM

Innovation Centre

Curated by Matt Jukes

Back in 2006 (was it really that ago!) Tom Coates, ex of the BBC and more recently of Fire Eagle and Yahoo, gave a presentation at a handful of events called ‘Native to a Web of Data‘ that seemed to show a way to bridge the gap between the distinct worlds of the Social and Semantic Web(s).

Now in 2010 this is rapidly becoming the reality of the web and the rise of things like the open data movement in the public sector and the availability of location data due to ever ‘smarter’ phones is only fueling this change.

Bathcamp #11 speakers are working to make this Web of Data a reality:

Leigh Dodds – Leigh was the CTO of Ingenta where he was responsible for the ongoing development of their publishing platform based on Semantic Web technologies. Leigh is now at Talis as Programme Manager for the Talis Platform.

Leigh has been developing with Java, XML, and Semantic Web technologies for a number of years and has released several small open source applications and APIs. He has also contributed code and documentation to several open source projects.

Libby Miller – Libby was co-creator of the FOAF project with Dan Brickley, and has worked on Semantic Web query languages, prototypes and data modelling. She helped build the Semantic Web and FOAF communities through formal and informal means, including via an EU project, which she co-wrote and co-ran.

Recently she worked for the online TV startup Joost and is now working on the pan-European project NoTube which is using semantic technologies, for personalised creation, distribution and consumption of TV content.

Toby Lewis – A Mac user since 1984, Toby worked for Apple Computers Inc while studying at CMU. Returning to the UK he worked for several business system consultancies until setting up his own one man company Logogriph Ltd in 1995.

Although an email user off and on since 1984 and a dabbler in static page sites since the late nineties, it was only in 2005 that Toby started serious web development. In late 2007 he launchedbristolstreets.co.uk, a map based mashup of transport and other location based data.

Chris Wallace – Chris teaches web development at UWE, Bristol, cruises in summer in a Westerly Ketch and messes about with XML and semantic web technologies.

You can keep track of his experiments with data at http://kitwallace.posterous.com and he’ll be talking about some of these on the evening (including his work on the infamous Brian Kelly Linked Data challenge!)