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The best of XTech 2006

As I'm finalising the call for participation for XTech 2007 (15-18 May 2007, Paris, France), I've taken a look back at the some of the best received presentations from the 2006 conference. I thought them well worth sharing again here.

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Native to a Web of Data: Designing a part of the Aggregate Web
Tom Coates (Yahoo!)

What are the architectural elements of the emerging web of data; how do you build services to thrive in this environment? What needs to change and what needs to return to fundamental principles? How do we bring it all together to make something awesome?

An open (data) can of worms
Paul Hammond (Yahoo!, ex-BBC)

Open data is not a panacea, and presents as many questions as answers. Technology can only solve some of these issues, this presentation outlines some of the other, more fundamental, problems.

Etna, a WYSIWYG XML RELAX NG and Gecko-based editor
Daniel Glazman (Disruptive Innovations)

A presentation of the new WYSIWYG XML editor based on Gecko, and its underlying implementation of RELAX NG.

How American are startups?
Paul Graham (Y Combinator)

Startups are largely an American phenomenon. Why? What is it about America that makes startups work there? Could Silicon Valley be replicated in another country?

Written up as two essays:

The power of declarative thinking
Steven Pemberton (W3C/CWI)

This talk discussed the requirements for Web Applications, and the underpinnings necessary to make Web Applications follow in the same spirit that engendered the Web in the first place.

RDF/A: The Easy Way to Publish Your Metadata
Mark Birbeck (x-port.net Ltd.)

RDF/A is a new, and simpler, way of adding metadata to documents, in such a way that the document contains its own metadata--making it easy to turn a home page into a FoaF file or RSS feed.

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