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January 21, 2004

RSS Winterfest

I spent the morning -- well actually from 11:30 to 3:30 -- listening in on RSS Winterfest. I only found out about this a couple of days ago, so I don't know how common this kind of thing is, or if I'm even aware of all its parts. But I would describe it as a live netcast/conference-call/industry conference, with parallel conversations going on in a weblog, a wiki, and an IRC channel.

The general topic of the "conference" is: what is RSS, and what are its capabilities and limitations.

I had the audio stream on all morning. I listened closely to the opening session with Dave Winer and others... and I listened to the RSS Futures Panel. The other sesions I kept on in the background and listened with half an ear.

I also occasionally checked in on the wiki info, and the IRC conversation.

Some interesting discussion about the actual uses of RSS and its potential.

Also, this was an interesting medium for holding a conference. In addition to the "live" stuff -- that has ended for the day, but will continue tomorrow with the final day of this conference -- they are packaging up the transcripts, as well as compiling the contribitions from the parallel "sessions".

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Posted by jghiii at January 21, 2004 03:41 PM