Alex and I would like to take the opportunity and introduce, talk about and discuss our project timatio. And I would be interested in doing a session about OpenStreetMap – advantages, use case scenarios or licensing issues compared to other map sources for instance.
Great experiences at former BarCamps let me look forward to an interesting event next weekend. Be there!
60+ registrations and some quite interesting session proposals listed at the BarCamp wiki will result in an exciting event again!
However, one thing I’d like to see more at such events is crossborder exchange: Bratislava and Györ are at a 1 hour distance, Brno is a 2 hour drive from Vienna. A BarCamp is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with a bunch of innovative people in an informal setting. I really would like to encourage everybody located in the Central European region and interested in new media and technology trends to join the unconference next weekend in Vienna. It’s worth the short travel!
Google killed the hyperlink by introducing PageRank. The idea behind PageRank (the more links point to a site, the higher the site’s relevance) makes some of us be suspicious before clicking a link. Why is this link there? Does it provide further information for me or is it just a backlink to increase the target site’s PageRank? Am I’m going to be cheated? Before Google came, hyperlinks provided information and content, not backlinks. Yes, once upon a time, content was the scale for relevance.
Internet is fun. Social software is even more fun and questioning male ranking concepts is allowed. People, don’t take it too serious!
The last word on blog-usability isn’t spoken yet. The constantly changing chronological site structure is irritating. And that’s only the beginning.
In Austrian rural areas you can do solid business while enjoying a relaxing life.
None of the BarCamp alpha geeks today had an iPhone. The iPhone is an illusion.
I support the Free Burma Action because I felt the need to do something. I’m a lucky person, I was born into a world where previous generations already had fought for my rights. I’m deeply impressed by the people in Burma, who stand peacefully up in front of armed soldiers, demanding nothing more than democracy. Something I experienced my entire life as given. Nobody can tell if this action will help, but it’s still better than do nothing and wait what happens next. Thanks to all the valuable input at the Free Burma Session!
Who’s a blogger, who’s not. Or, does anybody really care about that term?
Congrats to BeeTagg! Their mobile tagging technology is now supported by One, the Austrian mobile carrier recently acquired by Orange.
It was at the BarCamp Vienna in June when I attended a presentation, given by Martin, of BeeTagg. Mobile tagging is somehow the link between the real world and the virtual internet world. By taking a picture of a special graphical code, the BeeTagg in our case, with a cell phone, users are able to retrieve information about a product, location, etc. from the internet. It’s an easy and straight forward solution to provide information online and place a link pointing there at any place in the real world.
E.g. I can add a BeeTagg to my business card which links to this site. It allows users to access my site directly by just taking a picture and without typing in the entire website address.
However, one question remains: what about iPhone support?
As we found out yesterday the Viennese BarCamp audience are lazy travellers and not, unlike other nations, wandering like pilgrims from one BarCamp to another.
Nevertheless BarCamp Vienna was a great event and everyone interested in local Viennese yourfavoriteweb2.0buzzwordgoeshere projects, people, discussions, etc. is encouraged to join one of the upcoming BarCamps in Vienna. Since we aren’t going anywhere this’ll be the only possible way to get personally in touch with us.
One thing I definitely learned yesterday was that Open Space Technology is a brilliant method to initiate very productive discussions. Maybe it’s because of the participants, who else other than enthusiastic people decide to get up early and spend an entire Sunday at an unconference instead of relaxing at a pool, or is it because the self-organization makes most participants feel somehow responsible for the event and therefore they really try to get the best out of it?
Anyways, it’s a good concept and I wonder if OST can be successfully transferred to other topics in my field too, definitely worth a try.