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Update from the Web 2.0 Expo

Well, it's the last day of Web 2.0 Expo. If this turns out like the the first two days of the expo, it should be another great day of continuous conversations and demos.

Web 2.0 Expo is certainly a much larger show than the MySQL conference. There's simply an enormous number of people here, so the dynamic is quite a bit different. When we were at the MySQL show, it felt like hanging out with a close group of friends; at Web 2.0 Expo, it's more like being at a rock festival.
Photos from Web 2.0

Although the scale is different, one constant is the amazing new technology that's on display. One of the eye-catching tools that we've enjoyed seeing at both shows is MindTouch's Deki Wiki. This is basically a next generation Wiki platform that really expands the idea of what a Wiki can be. For instance, it has both an API and the ability to host structured data. This is exciting for us, since it opens up the possibility of creating a “Data Wiki”– a platform for publishing and editing data in a collaborative way. Maybe the idea of a “Wikipedia for data” is not too far away after all.

Overall, it's certainly fun to be in the middle of all this. At just about every moment we've had a lots of people gathered around our booth and it's been really great to be able to demo Kirix Strata™ in person. I'm sure I'll probably be beat by the time I get home, but at the moment, I'm just fired up just to be here. Now, if I had only brought that extra box of business cards along… :)

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