CommerceNet Chairman and Founder Dr. Jay M. Tenenbaum attended the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Translational Science Meeting, November 7 – 9, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

This by-invitation-only event is designed to identify opportunities for accelerating the conversion of basic science discovery to the point of early state clinical trials using a poster discussion format.

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“On June 23, FasterCures hosted a meeting of the nonprofit disease research foundations in The Redstone Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN). The meeting focused on the important strategic role that foundation funders of research can play in shepherding promising research through the pipeline or continuum, particularly through the ‘valley of death’ that exists between government-funded basic discovery and commercial development.”

Jeff Shrager, a CommerceNet external fellow and Chief Technology Officer at CollabRx, demonstrated a virtual biotech, a Web-based collaborative research platform that enables funding organizations and research teams to manage, track, and prioritize their operations, as well as to share data, knowledge, resources, and services.

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It’s short notice, but we’re glad to welcome back one of CommerceNet’s Open Source partners, Alex Russell of Dojo Toolkit fame. We’ll be discussing our experience with streaming DHTML event notification over HTTP into a browser using JSON-like object encoding, and recent discussion proposals within Dojo for a Comet-style new event notification service that also uses JSON to carry its notification payloads.

Update: the organizers have helpfully provided an audio recording of the event — however it’s in a proprietary Sony .DVF format, if anyone can help convert it to MP3…

Rohit Khare will be addressing the monthly Bay Area Caltech alumni luncheon on the topic of microformats, with a question & answer period on entrepreneurship generally and CommerceNet’s role specifically. Noon, at Ming’s on Embarcadero ($15 cover including lunch).

Microformats: A Pragmatic Path to the Semantic Web
By Rohit Khare

One of the main reasons the Web is so pervasive is due to the universal acceptance of the HTML formatting language. However, HTML does not provide meaning. Microformats are a clever adaptation of semantic XHTML that makes it easier to publish, index, and extract semi-structured information such as tags, calendar entries, contact information, and reviews on the Web. This makes it a pragmatic path towards achieving the vision set forth for the Semantic Web. Even though it sidesteps the existing “technology stack” of RDF, ontologies, and Artificial Intelligence-inspired processing tools, various microformats have emerged that parallel the goals of several well-known Semantic Web projects. I will introduce the ideas behind microformats and give examples; compare to similar efforts in the Semantic Web; and compare their prospects according to Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation model.

Dr. Rohit Khare is the Director of CommerceNet Labs, which focuses on investigating decentralized electronic commerce. Rohit is an award-winning researcher in the fields of Internet protocols and decentralized systems. He founded KnowNow in 2000 and previously worked on Internet standards development at MCI’s Internet Architecture Group and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He founded 4K Associates and edited the World Wide Web Journal (W3J) for O’Reilly & Associates. He received his B.S. with Honors in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics from Caltech and his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from U.C. Irvine.

Chris Hibbert will be joining the roster at the Chicago Prediction Market Summit to explain how Zocalo can improve the prospects for adoption of Prediction Markets in business by making the technology more accessible; and by doing a better job of publicizing results so more companies may be convinced that this is valuable technology… excerpted from the full entry on The Now Economy

For the upcoming 15th International World Wide Web Conference in Edinburgh, CommerceNet’s Rohit Khare reviewed papers, helped organize the Developer Track, co-authored a poster on microformats, will participate in the Collaborative Web Tagging workshop, and will speak on the “Meaning on the Web: Evolution or Intelligent Design?” panel, as well as moderating several sessions. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our colleagues to seek out new open source projects, investment opportunities, and community initiatives CommerceNet can help accelerate…

In particular, keep an eye out for Developer Track presentations by Brian Suda (Microformats, converting XHTML to vCards and vCalendars), Phil Windley (LDDI: Microformats for SOA Registries), and Molly Holzschlag (Developers Tutorial: Practical Microformats).

InfoWorld is organizing its second SOA Executive Forum. Rohit Khare will be moderating two panel discussions on the Technology Track on Wednesday, May 17th in New York: SOA Meets Web 2.0 and The State of the Stack: Where Web Services Standards are Today.

Moved to April 6th

Rohit Khare has been out on the road stumping for CommerceNet for almost a month and a half. With a full week back at work under his belt, he’s looking forward to sharing reports from the East Coast prediction markets summit (with Chris Hibbert), MashupCamp, the W3C Technical Plenary in France (and the acclaimed microformats panel there), the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony and Emerging Technology conferences, Infoworld’s SOA Executive Forum, an Apple Town Hall session on Web 2.0, and PC Forum. Watch for photos and HD video highlights from several of these events…

[Future T3s in April will include the future of Zocalo and as hosted services and Elias Sinderson’s doctoral candidacy talk at UCSC (April 13th)… ]

Building on our successful co-sponsorship of the Prediction Markets Summit at UCSF Mission Bay on December 2nd, CommerceNet is also working with Colabria and the KMCluster to present another edition focused on the New York region: Prediction Markets Summit East. It will be held on February 3rd at a location to be determined in NYC. From the invitation:

Smart mobs, swarms, information markets, crowd wisdom, social networks, communities, idea exchanges and knowledge markets all are getting a lot of popular attention today. Why? Because they are highly effective.

Top knowledge scientists, information market practitioners, business school professors, think tanks, KM visionaries and prediction market tool providers are converging for an important, one-day Prediction Markets Summit in New York City on Friday, Feb 3, 2006 on the future of

 Prediction Markets.


Knowledge and prediction markets are becoming routine in the smartest firms. Top firms using prediction markets are Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Abbott Laboratories, HP, Intel and Siemens. At the World Economic Forum in Davos knowledge markets will be applied. Of course prediction markets have been used for decades to forecast the outcome of popular elections with uncanny accuracy.

"There is some amazing evidence to support markets as predictors of future events." — (Professor Vernon Smith – 2002 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics)

Join your prediction markets community for a one-day, conversational retreat concerning the tools, practice and theory behind the prediction markets revolution. All are welcome.

"You could do zillions things with prediction markets. A company that can predict the future is a company that is going to win." – Bernardo A. Huberman, Senior Fellow & Director, Information Dynamics Lab, HP Laboratories, Prediction Markets Summit (East)  Keynote Speaker.

Noted author James Surowiecki will be your keynote. See: The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations.

Sponsored by participants, and, in part, by CommerceNet and NewsFutures

Secure, online registration is open. Tuition includes all materials, books, meals, registration, refreshments and reception. Note: Because of the low-cost, there are no press passes or student discounts available.

Secure Registration:  Registration in advance required. No on-site registration. This event will reach capacity quickly. Participation is limited to optimize authentic conversations and collaboration. Register early.

Prediction Markets are a critical business frontier. Why? Brush-up here with Colabria Briefings.

Please feel welcome to share this invitation in your professional orbit, blogs and communiqués.

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This Friday, zLab will be hosting Phil Windley, a computer science professor at Brigham Young University for a roundtable discussion of strategies for seeking out Web services. A hypothetical “LDDI” would be a lighter-weight alternative to the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) protocol. A few experts have been invited to this brainstorming session, and we would welcome additional perspectives for a freewheeling brainstorming session — and under no preconceptions that this is any sort of standards activity, official, pseudo-, quasi-, or otherwise…