The New Media Consortium (NMC), "an international not-for-profit consortium of nearly 250 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies," highlighted data mashups as an important emerging technology in its 2008 Horizon Report.
The Small Business Web Summit is Tuesday in San Jose and "small" doesn't do justice to the big names involved. Some huge companies like Google, Intuit and eBay are involved. So are many smaller companies that make a giant impact on the workflow of thousands of businesses with their API-driven services. That's why there's a whole afternoon, co-organized by ProgrammableWeb, to talk APIs and their impact on developers and small businesses.