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Jun 16

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Global Speaker Pages for O'Reilly Conferences

Joshua Schachter recently nagged us about the fact that our conference pages don't track speakers and sessions across conferences. He wrote in email: "why not make every bio page be global across all conferences, so that a given speaker at many different conferences can be tracked over time?"

Conference web producer Mark Levitt just wrote to let me know that he's given Joshua his wish. You can now see the history of our conference speakers at our conferences. (Unfortunately, the data goes back only to 2000.) Follow the link to Joshua's name above to see that he spoke at ETech in 2004, 2005, and 2007, at the Web 2.0 Summit in 2005, and the Web 2.0 Expo in 2007. Or heck, I'll just show you the page:

Here's the speaking history for a few other speakers from the more than 3000 who've appeared at O'Reilly conferences since 2000:

(We're working on making a global search page public -- right now, it's internal only -- so you can look up the speaker of your choice. Links also appear on individual speaker pages for current conferences.)

Thanks, Mark!

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Greg Wilson said:

Thanks for this, Tim. Could you also track and publish stats on the gender ratio among speakers and attendees?

Tim Bunce said:

The speaker list for OSCON 2007 seems to be broken now, perhaps as a result of this change. It only lists speakers with surnames begining with A and B. Looks like it's listing everyone who has ever spoken at an O'Reilly conference.

Very cool! A little bit of research, and I was able to find my own page:

Great! I wish you would also fix the late-nineties design (and user experience) of your site, too. And Safari! I don't mean to be a troll, but I've been saying this for years: how can you be so good with print (your fine books) and so terrible online (your online Safari service)?

@Tim Bunce: many thanks for pointing that out. The issue got resolved yesterday and was actually unrelated to these new speaker pages.

Mike Maney said:

JavaPolis is doing something somewhat similar with Atlassian's Confluence wiki:

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