I went to day two of Mashup Camp today -- the "Unconference" for the "Uncomputer" -- held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
I missed the panel discussion on "Making the Case for Mashups in Business", but organized my own Unconference Discussion #1, which I titled "Interactive Data Integration, Foraging for Web Services, and novel Human-map Interaction Design: Taking Map Mashups beyond Pushpins".
After briefly demo'ing d.mix, I gave my newer map design research pitch, and chatted about the use of maps on kidsdata.org. Someone pointed out that when it comes to digital cartography, there seems to have been a similar trend in the analog/digital typesetting industries, this sort of two-steps-forward but one-step-back push and tug when it comes to digitization and the loss of previously accumulated knowledge.
Alec also pointed me to tonight's WebMapSocial, where folks talked about OpenLandmark.com (which seems to have been broken all day) and Skout.com, a mobile dating site. I also met the person who had emailed me about the upcoming OpenStreetMap mapping party here in the Bay which I'll have to miss (going to a tourney in Oregon...) this weekend, and chatted for a while with an investor who works with CloudMade...
Over lunch, I chatted about sustainable foods with Rajesh from SearchYogi (how might we support data mining for the people to enable personal health decision analytics re: food), Ash from Medgle (and his new Healthy Me?), and a fellow about leveraging Recipe metadata in search (see Google Base recipe functionality).
Fred Jung (sp?) from GOOG talked about GOOG's new GGroundOverlay and GTileLayer APIs, and reminded me that legal issues probably prohibit them from doing much interesting when it comes to selective de-emphasis / re-design of map tiles.
After that, it was time to peace out!