The last demos I showed at the Web 2.0 panel were very topical to the audience at hand.
You'll note that with a single click, you can add all the Web 2.0 speakers to your Address Book, and subscribe to the Web 2.0 program in your calendaring program (e.g. Apple iCal or Mozilla Sunbird).
It's important to point out that microformats work with the data already on the page. There's no invisible metadata here folks. No hidden phone numbers or email addresses. The only info about the speakers that is made available in your address book is the information the speakers themselves sent to the conference organizers to be published publicly on the Web 2.0 conference website. This is very important aspect of the microformats philosophy. rather than asking you to go enter a bunch of additional personal information which may be hidden somewhere in some separate metadata file, microformats merely make the information that you're already publishing more visible and accessible to search engines, local applications (like address books and calendars), etc.
Another example from my presentation, which I should have mentioned last week.
All Web Essentials 05 presenters are marked up with hCard, making it trivial to add them to your Address Book using a favelet. In addition, the entire conference program was marked up with hCalendar, making it trivial to copy it to your Calendaring program, again, using a favelet.
Well done folks!
As of a few weeks ago, all 40000+ Avon representatives have their own home page with their hCard contact info.
I checked several zip codes and found all women representatives so I don't think it is too much of a reach to conclude that the vast majority (if not nearly all) of those 40000 are women, which would make hCard perhaps the first contact information publication standard (and open standard at that) to have far more women represented than than men.
I can only imagine how this could be made even more seamless with some DHTML/AJAX, and then, perhaps bundling directly into a blogging tool or plugin.
Here are my slides from the Open Source Infrastructure panel.
Some key points:
Immediately after the aforementioned tagging panel, Marc Canter led a workshop on open standards, open source, decentralized infrastructure that included Matt Mullenweg, Tony Schneider, Brian Dear, and myself as panelists. I think overall the content of the panel was quite good. I liked what Brian had to say about everybody publishing events on their own servers in such a way that they could all be discovered, agregated etc. Matt made some great points about how Ping-o-matic addressed scaling problems through a community effort. Tony spoke about how Yahoo is adopting open formats, and why it's important and advantageous for big companies to do so. Take a look at this excellent coverage for more details:
I've posted my slides from yesterday's Microformats talk at the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). Thanks again to Mitch and Lisa and everyone else at OSAF for the opportunity. I had a great time, and the OSAF folks had some very well thought out questions that made for a very good discussion. I'm looking forward to seeing microformats support in Chandler!
The talk is open to the public but RSVP is required. Please RSVP with Lisa Dusseault. Hope to see you then!
I had a wonderful second day as well at Web Essentials. It started with a very nice breakfast with about 80 people (87 according to Maxine) where I shared a bunch of stories from my days at Apple, 6prime, and Microsoft. In particular, I shared what I thought were my biggest mistakes and challenges at each of those companies, what I learned, how I worked around several management obstacles, and what I could have done better, in the hopes that those in attendance could perhaps use those lessons while avoiding the first-hand pains. There were some great questions, especially about my perspective since I had worked for two companies that people in this industry are perhaps the most passionate about. Maybe some day I'll blog some those stories.
Thanks to Ryan for blogging the podcasts on microformats.org. While reading the presentation slides, be sure to check out the podcasts as well: Web Essential 05 podcasts. I've licensed the podcasts of my sessions under the same Creative Commons Attribution (by) 2.0 license as the hypertext of my presentations.
Thanks very much for the kind words Thomas! I'm very happy you enjoyed the talk.
Thanks very much for your kind words Abdelrahman. I'm honored that you chose Microformats: Evolving the Web as your Pick of the Speeches 2005.
Glad to hear that you liked the podcast! Looking forward to seeing what you implement in your future projects.