New York Times on its TimesOpen Events: A Look Back at 2012

The Gray Lady is getting her code on. In Andre Behrens's New York Times blog, Open, billed as "All the code that's fit to printf()," he recounts events on coding and science held in 2012. Two of the notable events were the well-attended one on Big Data and Smarter Scaling and their Open Source Science Fair.

Three speakers graced the Big Data event: Andrew Montalenti the CTO of which seeks to “catalyze the adoption of the semantic web”; James Boehmer, Manager of Search Technology at the New York Times; and Allan Beaufour, CTO of Chartbeat.'s mission includes “catalyzing adoption of semantic web”. And Montalenti showed how's product Dash contributed “insights to the web’s best publishers.” The difference: semantics — “insight rather than raw data.”

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The second speaker was James Boehmer is Manager of Search Technology at the New York Times. According to a blog of the event,

Jim Boehmer notes that search terms affect content decisions: what to highlight on the NYT home page; which topic pages to create. Search generates a feedback loop with readers.

The last speaker, Allan Beaufour, CTO of Chartbeat argued persuasively that, " engaged time/concurrence is much more important than pageviews."

The New York Times Science Fair had booths featuring Robots and code, but most of the coverage focused on lessons learned about how to hold the next fair. Best quote of the day came from Zach Holman, ""You don't have to be smart to be successful. This is America!"

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