Saturday, 29. December 2007

Skiing & Snowboarding for a week in Flachau

I am snowboarding in Flachau, Austria for a week. Ingrid is skiing, I do the snowboard. As with every holiday, I try to find Semantic Web aficiandos within reach. I am open for jointly drinking a nice beer in the evening or boarding together, with web 2.0 and semweb lovers. My geo-coordinates are
here is the link:


We are around Flachau, Zauchensee, Wagrain, Flachauwinkel. I stay at Hotel Alpina, if you want to sms me, my phone number is +43 6991 924 two eights, two nines. Open for beer and party in the evening, snowboarding under the day. Expecting heavy partying around monday...

btw: thanks to the gone-web2.0 people at plazes, they don't show the GEO-position lat/lon no longer on their website (horrrrray for "activities" though, a feature that will surely skyrocket their IPO value).
But luckily someone there remained with warm wetware within skull and left the GPS coordinates in the source code of the HTML for me to copy/paste (yes, display:none is a good feature to remove features from your web2.0 application. maybe all the other features that got lost on plazes are only display:none'd.... I will stick to the topic... and how desperate am I to look in their f***ing source for it ... and how diluting is it to actually find there what they did hide!)

Anyway, in plazes this city does barely exist, one person drank a beer here 8 months ago. Googling for semantic web (flachau | wagrain) returns a handful of hits, something by me on top (ok, I know I am here now).

But a few names popped up, for example which is close. My gnowsis remembers whom I know from there... so back to direct contact. Also the omnipresent Semantic-Web company showed up, they have Austria covered quite good. But no links to people.
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Dominik (guest) - 30. Dec, 16:41

Nächstes mal...

... benutzt Du zur Suche der Geo-Daten einfach :-) Viel Spaß im Schnee. Dominik

leobard - 30. Dec, 17:22

ah, danke

schon gemerkt. was wir noch brauchen ist ein besseres plazes, wo man sieht wer mit ähnlichen interessen in der nähe ist.

Leobard meets Walterra

Thanks to the tightly entangled web and closeness of interest, I met Walterra. Usually known as Walter Rafelsberger, I noticed him as blogger and being interested in similar topics. Maybe you remember my post about his holy grail of PIM.

So, after many e-mails and exchanging phone numbers, and managing to be in the same city at the same time (not so easy), we drank a beer at the nice wifi-enabled geeknest Short note in history: Walter was also at I-Semantics 2007, so we had the possibility to meet before, but alas, didn't happen.

leobard and walterra

He works (or starts working soon?) at the fresh-founded elite-super-university "modul" which is located at the nicest spot in the 19th district of Vienna, Kahlenberg. (Accidentially also the place where Ingrid and I had our marriage party). So, besides the great location the modul university offers excellent courses (or will offer, they are setting up at the moment) and is also the home of Professor Arno Scharl. I met him at I-Semantics and we discussed possible mutual projects with DFKI. You all should know Scharl from his book The Geospatial Web.

Scharl and the modul university work on projects like idiom, mediawatch,
and the US election 2008 web monitor. They munch a lot of data, digest it, and then visualize it as nice as you can. Round corners, great backgrounds, shady buttons, nice. And good visualizations of ontologies.

Walter further pointed me to, something similar to, but run by a Vienna Startup. Since plazes changed their whole business model from "a useful tool to find free wifi spots and other areas of interest and to see where you travelled to" to a "web 2.0 buzz that will surely make us rich by offering the same crap as twitter" I am eager to find a replacement for anyway (plazes: where is the f***ing "wifi cafe in vienna" search feature?! you killed your best features.) But alas, Tupalu does not offer the desktop-app-using-network-mac-address way of identifying hotspots, so they are also bare on features.

Another thing you may not want to miss is Meral Akin-Hecke's socializing and networking effort. Its something like a barcamp, but for newbies. Invited speakers talk about the web and new technologies, interested people can learn about it. The next is 15.January 2008 on Virtual Worlds (probably in german), and of course, in Vienna.

We also touched the topic of what the hell is doing these days? Blogging, but what business is coming up? Similarly, we found out that Walter knows Andreas Blumauer, adding prove to my theory that Andreas knows everybody related to Semantic Web in Austria.

Wish you blessing, was nice chatting with you Walter! And, as you have read so long: here is the motivational poster picture of Walter you will love to see.
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Stephan (guest) - 30. Dec, 12:17

replace places

did you check QYPE? where our famous Tobes is now working ?

leobard - 30. Dec, 17:37

over the rainbow

you are pretty alone.

Currently I need plazes to find similar-minded dudes (in flachau, where I am now). Qype does not offer the core feature of places: automatic placing and geo-positioning yourself based on the wifi-router's MAC address, which is geo-tagged socially.

nothing for flachau on qype, I added the only bar I know:
Meral (guest) - 2. Jan, 23:44


Danke für die Erwähnung, bei Digitalks bemühen wir uns, das Wissen der erfahrenen AnwenderInnen an NeueinsteigerInnen weiterzugeben, und wie Du schon auch erkannt hast, das soll auf deutsch und in einer möglichst einfachen Sprache erfolgen.


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