I spent a few days last week in Austin, Texas, running two one-day tutorials about Linked Data. Juan was a great host, and the tutorials themselves were great fun (and significantly enhanced by the post-tutorial beers supplied by the very kind folk at The Guardian).Â I was incredibly impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and foresight of the members of the Semantic Web Austin interest group that Juan and John De Oliveira kick-started. The city itself has an amazing can-do attitude, and this was reflected in the diverse group of attendees at the tutorials. It was great to see so many completely new faces, and see first hand that Linked Data appeals well beyond the traditional Semantic Web community. If Juan’s energy is anything to go by I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Austin storms to the position of Semantic Web capital of the USA by the end of 2009. The slides from the tutorial are online on my site (PDF, 2.8M), and the photos of work and beer are on Flickr.
February 20th, 2009 by Tom Heath