Attending SXSW it can look like it is all about location.
SXSW: Location, location, location fuels mobile apps
A spate of location-based apps generates buzz at SXSW
A group of us got a chance to chat with GigaOm's Stacey Higginbotham and asked her as an Austin native what is hot at SXSW. Food and Health. Here is a post that Stacey threw up this morning on Open Data Standards for food.
This is cool: An open data standard for food
What is cool about this idea is what could be done if we had Open Data Standards for the components in data centers. Like how? Knowing the ingredients in a recipe is useful. Wouldn't it be great if you could get details on the components in any piece of equipment.?
He texted me after the panel to say that his primary concern was that the effort be cautious about how it tries to attribute things to restaurants. For example, while he might gain value from starting from such a database, his real value is the taxonomy his team has created around dishes. So, if one checks out catfish po’ boys on Tasted Menu, his app could use the Open Food data for the catfish or the breading, but his app will also note that the food is Cajun or Creole, fried, a sandwich and other things that will help real users figure out where they want to go and what they want to eat.
I don't know about you, but I am much more excited about the idea of open data standards than another location app.