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With experience with the Atom Syndication Format, Atom Publishing Protocol, and URI Templates, this talk will cover the pros and cons of the mantra of “rough concensus and running code” in the IETF and how open source contributes to standards. Both the pros and the cons will be covered, including advice on how early to deploy, or not deploy, and copyright as a weapon. We’ll cover real world examples like the feed validator, APE, and wxAtomClient.
Joe Gregorio is a software engineer, member of the AtomPub Workgroup and editor of the Atom Publishing Protocol. He has a deep interest in web technologies, writing “The RESTFul Web” column for the online O’Reilly publication XML.com, writing the first desktop aggregator written in C#, and publishing various Python modules to help in putting together RESTful web services.
Zaheda Bhorat has been successful in her career as a catalyst for change. In the early days of open source she managed the OpenOffice.org project and community and took the project from inception to a 1.0 release. With her experience of building communities of contributers, she created one of the first open source marketing projects with a global team of passionate volunteers to promote both open source and launch the office suite. Zaheda has a passion for applying open source processes beyond code, and has engaged contributors in localisation communities, education and adoption for Free and Open Source software, particularly in the developing/emerging markets. Zaheda is an open advocate in her role at Google as an Open Standards Programs Manager. She has over 15 years software industry experience, holds a BSc in Computer Science and lives in California.