The next monthly meeting of the SDForum Emerging Technology SIG will be a panel discussion of Microformats.

It will be held at the Cubberly Community Center, room H-1 at 7PM Tuesday January 10th. It’s $15 for non-members and free otherwise; no registration required. An anonymous donor may even be buying pizza! :)

Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats ( are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away
what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current
behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging). 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. Microformats can make your existing XHTML easier to recycle into new services and applications.


Rohit Khare CommerceNet

Rohit Khare 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 at W3C and MCI. He
founded 4K Associates and edited the O’Reilly Web Journal. He received his Ph.D. in Software
Engineering from U.C. Irvine in 2003.


Kevin Marks, Principal Engineer Technorati

Kevin Marks, Principal Engineer Technorati
Kevin joined Technorati in September 2003 after six years in Apple’s QuickTime engineering team and
ten years at the MultiMedia Corporation and the BBC, producing and coding museum installations, CD-ROMs and websites. Kevin now cares for Technorati’s army of spiders which crawl the web, tracking
blogs and following links, and reporting back to him your every thought. So long as you write them
down, that is.

Tantek Çelik, Chief Technologist Technorati
Tantek is in charge of investigating and defining new standards and new technologies for Technorati.
He serves as a founder at the Global Multimedia Protocols Group and has Bachelor’s and Masters
degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. He regularly leads panels in a variety of web
technologies, and he holds six patents in the field of software and user interface with many more pending.

Niall Kennedy, Community Manager Technorati

Niall managed new product initiatives for shopping comparison sites and NexTag as
well as investment consultant Callan Associates before joining Technorati. Niall has contributed to
“Spidering Hacks” and other search publications. Niall is a nationally-recognized soccer coach.

Ben Sittler CommerceNet

Ben is working toward decentralized event-notification using the tpd microkernel. He has previously worked at KnowNow, Inc. ( and Apple Computer (, and as a founding member of the mod-pubsub project.

Ernie (“Dr Ernie”) Prabhakar Apple Computers

As Product Line Manager for Development Platforms, Ernest Prabhakar is responsible for Open Source,
Java and XML technologies at Apple. Since joining the company in 1997, Prabhakar has driven a number
of new product initiatives at Apple, including the launch of Mac OS X Server and Darwin, Apple’s
Open Source operating system based on BSD technology. He has been developing on UNIX and Mac OS
X-related technology for over fifteen years, beginning with BSD 4.2 at MIT’s Project Athena.

Prabhakar received his S.B. in Physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from