An open BarCamp style event that will explore topics related to the rise of the Social Web.
Imagine a world where everybody could participate easily in a distributed yet secure social web. In such a world people could place their photos, music, or other content on their web site and give access to some of it to their friends, some to their family, the rest to their colleagues, and some even to the friends of their friends... How can one do this without requiring every participant to create one login for each of their friends' sites? How does one do this in a distributed and flexible manner compatible with web architecture? What issues would need to be solved to make this and much more possible?
This space is being explored by the W3C Social Web Incubator Group, and their charter gives some idea of the types of issues this raises:
The topics covered with regards to the emerging Social Web include, but are not limited to: accessibility, internationalization, portability, distributed architecture, privacy, trust, business metrics and practices, user experience, and contextual data. The scope includes issues such as widget platforms (such as OpenSocial, Facebook and W3C Widgets), as well as other user-facing technology, such as OpenID and OAuth, and mobile access to social networking services. The group is concerned also with the extensibility of Social Web descriptive schemas, so that the ability of Web users to describe themselves and their interests is not limited by the imagination of software engineers or Web site creators. Some of these technologies are independent projects, some were standardized at the IETF, W3C or elsewhere, and users of the Web shouldn't have to care. The purpose of this group is to provide a lightweight environment designed to foster and report on collaborations within the Social Web-related industry or outside which may, in due time affect the growth and usability of the Social Web, rather than to create new technology.
Contribute your thoughts on what topics to discuss on this event's wiki page
When & Where
Social Web Org
Organisers are members of the W3C Social Web Working Group, with facility support by Sun Microsystems.