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Date: 3/17/2005

eTech announcements

Chris DiBona, who is now OpenSource Project manager at Google, announced Note that Google is using SourceForge to host their open projects. Chris named SourceForge back in the day. We still run a SourceForge download mirror on

Larry Lessig announced that his book, Code, will be available for update via wiki beginning today (hosted by JotSpot)

Odeo the podcasting company presented (but not live or even in Beta quite yet).

BBC’s Paula Le Dieu will be heading up the Creative Commons International efforts from London.

Jeff Bezos announced and demoed’s openSearch.

Yahoo Tech Labs announced the Tech Buzz Market Game.

O’Reilly announced their new Where Conference to take place June 29 – 30 in SFO. It will:

explore the emerging consumer and enterprise ecosystems around location-aware technologies–ecosystems that increasingly impact the way we work and play. Location-determining technologies like GPS, RFID, WLAN, cellular networks and networked sensors enable an ever-growing array of capabilities from local search, mapping, and business analytics to enterprise integration, commercial applications, and software infrastructure.

Bloglines/Ask Jeeves purchase explained. (in more details that the article that I linked to there).

Jessamyn West to be here on Monday

Reminder that Jessamyn West will be here (here being Chapel Hill as here is actually San Diego for me at the moment) on Monday.
Questions and Answers
Full details here.

eTech slides from Cory, Sam Ruby and others

They put ’em here so you can find ’em

eTech attention stream

A great way to keep up with the conference here is the eTech Attention Stream which combines postings tagged as eTech or eTech2005 from Flickr, technorati, and

Sally at IsThatLegal; Library of Congress at Duke

Sally is stepping in for Eric Muller at his blog and going to a conference on Southern (North) American History.

Jeff PomeRantz tells about the history of Dewey vs Library of Congress at Duke University. The Duke Librarian writing in 1937 thought that the Library of Congress classification system was a fab. Duke is still trying to get to LC even now.

End o day – wednesday etech

More that I can tell here.
Neil Gershenfeld’s Bits and Atoms talk kicked off the day.
Found folks, including Rohit Khare, who fondly remember Simon Spero’s time there. Had a great chat with Jimmy Wales of wikipedia and agreed that we need to get him to Chapel Hill soon. Remet Chris diBona who is now handling open source at Google. On other searching fronts, spend a good time talking with Ruben Ortega who is CTO of, amazon’s search venture. Over lunch Dick Hardt explained how SXIP does identity management (Simple eXtensible Identity Protocol).
Am to remember to tell Fred that I met Roger Dingledine of the Free Haven Project. And to tell Brian that I met Carl Coryell-Martin of Green Media Tool Shed.
Also had a discussion over breakfast about the long tail, media concentration, and innovation. Right now I’m thinking that the tall concentrated end of the curve is ruled by what Jane Jacobs calls the Guardian Culture while the now famous Long Tail is ruled by Jacobs’ Commercial Culture.

Robert Kaye not only has the best hair measured by percentage left on
head, but he can make a distiller about of simple parts and then… at the Makers’ fair this evening.

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