Fwd: ANNOUNCE: RDF Interest Group IRC channel, tools, logs: #rdfig (fwd)

From: Jim Hendler (jhendler@darpa.mil)
Date: 04/01/01

  the following may be of interest, particularly to your 
students/programmers who have to support your projects with detailed 
RDF work.
p.s. When I'm in my office, I tend to be lurking on this chat -- so 
it's also a good way to see what your PM is up to

>Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 12:38:03 -0500 (EST)
>From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
>To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
>Subject: ANNOUNCE: RDF Interest Group IRC channel, tools, logs: #rdfig
>Resent-Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 12:38:30 -0500 (EST)
>Resent-From: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
>I'm pleased to announce that we have put some tools in place to support
>an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel for RDF and Semantic Web developers.
>	Full details:	http://www.w3.org/RDF/Interest/#irc
>	Server network:	http://openprojects.nu/
>	Channel name:	#rdfig
>	Channel URI:	irc://irc.openprojects.net/#rdfig
>As discussed at the RDF IG face to face(*) last month, Internet Relay Chat
>(IRC) has provided itself a very useful tool for many of us at W3C and
>nearby. After looking at various options, we've set up an channel using
>the facilities provided by the Open Projects Network, who offer IRC server
>support to various Open Source initiatives.
>In addition to the channel itself we have a few handy collaboration tools
>in place already.  Dave Beckett has set up a searchable logging system
>that archives the discussions on #rdfig into the Web (text/html/rdf); Edd
>Dumbill and friends have given us an installation  of 'chump', an
>IRC-to-Hypertext recommendation and annotation tool, and Libby Miller
>has hacked an XSLT convertor that turns the 'chump' logs into an RSS 1.0
>feed. You'll notice from the logs that news of the experimental channel
>has been spreading by word of mouth for a couple of weeks, and already
>provides a round-the-clock drop in centre for RDF/SW developers.
>For those of you new to IRC, it is a real-time text based chat system,
>based on the notion of named "channels". The RDF IG home page (see
>http://www.w3.org/RDF/Interest/#irc) has links to a few useful sites, or
>browse the existing #rdfig logs to get a feel for how we've been using.
>Please bear in mind that this is something of an experiment, both
>technically (let me know of any glitches you encounter) and socially
>(there are hundreds of people on www-rdf-interest; the pre-announced IRC
>channel is already a busy place). Also note that it is a public, archived
>and searchable forum: don't say things you don't want to become part of
>the Web forever.  It might make sense for us to spawn additional channels
>(eg. for Logic or DC or sitemap or calendaring enthusiasts); let's see how
>it goes.
>Anyhow, I hope this with prove fun, educational, and a useful
>compliment to our existing email-based forums. For those of
>you who don't have the time or inclination to join us in IRC, do take the
>occasional look at the logs and WWW utilities; the channel has already
>proved itself a handy way of sharing and annotating Web links, demos and
>the like.
>see you in irc://,
>(*) minutes/notes still delayed; I hope by midweek next week

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