• Emerging Tech SIG: Microformats Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 07:00PM
    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto,, CA
    Emerging Technology

Emerging Tech SIG: Microformats



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG

    NOTE: CommerceNet is hosting the meeting this month by providing pizza and drinks and free attendance to non-members.


    Panel Presentation

    Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats (www.microformats.org) are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging). Microformats are a clever adaptation of semantic XHTML that makes it easier to publish, index, and extract semi-structured information such as tags, calendar entries, contact information, and reviews on the Web. Microformats can make your existing XHTML easier to recycle into new services and applications.




    Rohit Khare CommerceNet
    Rohit Khare is an award-winning researcher in the fields of Internet protocols and decentralized systems. He founded KnowNow in 2000 and previously worked on Internet standards at W3C and MCI. He founded 4K Associates and edited the O'Reilly Web Journal. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from U.C. Irvine in 2003.


    Kevin Marks, Principal Engineer Technorati
    Kevin Marks, Principal Engineer Technorati Kevin joined Technorati in September 2003 after six years in Apple's QuickTime engineering team and ten years at the MultiMedia Corporation and the BBC, producing and coding museum installations, CD-ROMs and websites. Kevin now cares for Technorati's army of spiders which crawl the web, tracking blogs and following links, and reporting back to him your every thought. So long as you write them down, that is.

    Tantek Çelik, Chief Technologist Technorati
    Tantek is in charge of investigating and defining new standards and new technologies for Technorati. He serves as a founder at the Global Multimedia Protocols Group and has Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. He regularly leads panels in a variety of web technologies, and he holds six patents in the field of software and user interface with many more pending.

    Niall Kennedy, Community Manager Technorati
    Niall managed new product initiatives for shopping comparison sites PriceGrabber.com and NexTag as well as investment consultant Callan Associates before joining Technorati. Niall has contributed to "Spidering Hacks" and other search publications. Niall is a nationally-recognized soccer coach.

    Ben Sittler CommerceNet
    Ben is working toward decentralized event-notification using the tpd microkernel. He has previously worked at KnowNow, Inc. (http://www.knownow.com) and Apple Computer (http://www.apple.com), and as a founding member of the mod-pubsub project.

    Ernie ("Dr Ernie") Prabhakar Apple Computers
    As Product Line Manager for Development Platforms, Ernest Prabhakar is responsible for Open Source, Java and XML technologies at Apple. Since joining the company in 1997, Prabhakar has driven a number of new product initiatives at Apple, including the launch of Mac OS X Server and Darwin, Apple's Open Source operating system based on BSD technology. He has been developing on UNIX and Mac OS X-related technology for over fifteen years, beginning with BSD 4.2 at MIT's Project Athena.

    Prabhakar received his S.B. in Physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from Caltech


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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