People Suck at Naming Places (slides with notes)

Here are my slides (with notes) from Ignite Where in San Jose last night.

I must say it was an awesome experience. I give many presentations, but this one, in this format, in front of this crowd, was quite something.

And I got to be quoted by Tim Oreilly on Twitter:

“Places are social containers” Good line from @afrognthevalley at #where20 #ignite last night.


Location Isn’t A War Between Two Sides, It’s A Gold Rush For Everyone

Great snippet from Joe Stump of SimpleGeo:

You need to move past the mindset that location is the feature. Build products under the assumption that you have a user’s location and that you can use the social plumbing we’ve been building for the last nine years. What kind of interesting experiences can you build on top of the potent mixture of friends, location, and the real world?

I am really looking forward WhereCamp SF 2010 to discuss emerging Geo standards with Joe. We need standard representations of places and activities, I’m planning on a session on Places in Activity Streams somewhere Saturday…
[Via Location Isn’t A War Between Two Sides, It’s A Gold Rush For Everyone]


Deux nouveaux noms de domaines @praized hier (je vous les ajoute quand ils sont prêts).

Nommer les projets avec un URL, c’est un rituel de baptême après la naissance d’une idée…

Je suis très content de ce nouveau projet, retour aux sources initiales de Praized et projection de l’avenir en même temps, ça sent le printemps, le renouveau… très énergisant!

My Ignite Where Talk Proposal: People Suck at Naming Places

Just sent my Ignite Where proposal: “People Suck at Naming Places”. You can still submit yours too.

The world of precise coordinates is easy to interact with using software. The problem is humans don’t use precise coordinates to represent places. They don’t even agree on place names. They also do it in several different dialects. They use abbreviations, approximations and sometimes even metaphors.

To make things worse, human designing software to represent places don’t even try to make systems that can exchange that information using names instead of numbers. Do we need a PNS (place name system) inspired by DNS to resolve place numbers (latitude/longitude) to names? I will try to give an overview of the current existing services/APIs that you can use to find a precise coordinate with a place name. And then demonstrate why we are not there yet.

I might even propose how we could exchange these names between systems. All this in under 5 minutes. With images of ponies, pandas and unicorns, but no cats.

I will keep you posted if I’m selected!

Wifidog Camp Montreal 2010

We will be organizing a Wifidog Camp for development of wifidog.

Wifidog Camp Montreal 2010

Where? Montreal, at Station C, 5369 boul. St-Laurent

When? Sunday february 21 2010 from 10h30 to ~17h
Who? Everyone interested in developing for wifidog, developers, web designers, testers, documenters, etc.
Web page?

I will be giving a session on “contributing to open source projects” for newbies (we need more).

How to create a ticket, how to decide what to work on, how to send a correction (patch) and a bit more…

Key IT trends for 2010: Consumerization and Self-Media

My main take-away/recap from Deloitte’s TMT 2010 Prediction event this morning: Consumerization and Self-Media (as denoted by trends 1,2,5,6,7 and 8). You can access all the documents, videos and social-thing-a-majings at but here is a quick recap, list style:

  1. eReaders fill a niche, but eBooks fly off the (virtual) shelves
  2. Smaller than a netbook and bigger than a smartphone — net tablets arrive
  3. Publishing fights back: pay walls and micropayments
  4. CleanTech makes a comeback. But solar stays in the shadows
  5. IT procurement stands on its head
  6. Nixing the nines: reliability redefined and reassessed
  7. Cloud computing: more than hype, but less than hyper
  8. Paying for what we eat: carriers change data pricing and make regulators happy
  9. Widening the bottleneck: telecom technology helps decongest the mobile network
  10. The shift to online advertising: more selective, but the trend continues

Still thinking about what my predictions for bleeding edge internet technology will be, I think I might just post “topics I’m watching” (with sources)…

Grosse année à l’Alliance Internet en 2010

Ça va être une grosse année à l’Alliance Internet, on a fait une bonne progression, là on est prêt pour monter le tout d’un cran ou trois…

Extrait de mon message à la liste de discussion (publique mais on demande inscription pour contôler le spam):

(…) D’ailleurs faudrait bien la mettre à l’agenda cette prochaine rencontre… Je suggère Mercredi le 27 Janvier de 18h à 20h au bureau d’Alliance Numérique. Je vous reviens avec quelques sujets à ajouter à l’ODJ, mais on va partir de ce qu’on avait à la dernière rencontre, ça fait déjà pas mal de stock.

J’ai une obsession cette année: Le Sommet International du Web de Montréal en Novembre. Ainsi que de poursuivre à établir la reconnaissance (et la pertinence) de l’Alliance Internet au sein de l’industrie du Web au Québec (vous saviez bien que je ne pouvais pas qu’avoir un seul objectif, mais c’est quand même un deux dans un)…

Donc j’entame ma deuxième année de présidence de cette Alliance avec pas mal d’énergie pour la cause et de grandes ambitions… et je fais humblement appel aux professionnels et pionniers de l’industrie du web au Québec à participer à l’élaboration d’une industrie forte et d’une association représentative. C’est le défi sous-jacent de l’objectif premier, mettre en place une architecture de participation ouverte et transparente (c’est la seule manière d’être viable au 21ième siècle)!