Yesterday I spent a fantastic day down at the university club attending the much anticipated Oxford Barcamp.

I can honestly say that the whole event came as an invigorating breath of fresh air and I want to say a great big thank you to all those who helped organise the event – as well as all those who attended!

For the uninitiated the first rule of Barcamp is that everyone needs to get involved which leads to some very exciting, sometimes heated, but always useful discussions.

One of the things that I am particularly excited about is the support there was for doing a Transparency camp in the UK… so much so that its actually happening!

The whole event has left me energised and enthusiastic. I have a stack of people I need to contact and a stack of really cool projects to read up on.

This is how conferences should be.

The Elgg team are out in San-Francisco this week meeting up with some of the guys out here and talking about Elgg and ODD.

I will blog a bit more about it when I can, its been a bit mad so this is the first chance I’ve actually had to sit down at the computer since getting here (and I’m only able to do that because the combination of jet lag and the steak the size of my head I had for dinner last night has given me a case of insomnia).

I just wanted to share with you a thought that me and Ben had while enjoying the Californian sunshine inbetween meetings, namely a way to link ODD documents with OpenID.

For descovery of ODD documents, I was planning to use the meta / link approach similar to the way RSS is picked up. Now, it occurs to me that if we modify the spec slightly to say that a UUID should point to a page that can either be an ODD representation of the thing that it’s referring to or knows where to get it – i.e. has the appropriate header tag pointing to the url – then it becomes a trivial matter to turn a UUID into an OpenID URL.

Potentially quite useful.