A Face-to-Face meeting of the ITS Working Group has been scheduled for
September 6th, 7th and 8th 2006, in Boulder, Colorado.
This meeting will be hosted by Yves, at ENLASO's Boulder offices.
Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th, and Friday 8th September, 2006 (3 full days)
9am - 5:30pm
The purpose of this meeting is to work on the Internationalization Tag Set documents, mostly to work on the specification implementation, and on the best practices documents.
Tentative agenda (TBD):
The meeting will take place at ENLASO offices in Boulder, Colorado.
4888 Pearl east Circle,
Boulder CO 80301, USA
Phone +1 303-516-0857
Map: 4888 Pearl East Circle on Google Maps (Zoom and select the Hybrib view for a better look)
The ENLASO office in Boulder is located in the south-east corner of the intersection between
Pearl Street (sometime call Pearl Parkway in that area) and Foothills Parkway.
It's about 45mn drive from Denver International Airport (DIA).
There are non-stop international flights from London (British
Airways) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa).
The main airline in DIA is United, but most US airlines deserve Denver as well.
There are shuttle services between DIA and Boulder hotels (Boulder Super Shuttle). $28 one-way, $38 round-trip.
Usually a first shuttle will take you to the Broker Inn in Boulder, and there you will be dispatched in smaller vans to your specific destination. Count 1.5 to 2 hours between the time you get your luggage and the time you get to your hotel room.
To go back to the airport, schedule a pickup time: at (303) 227-0000 or on line at http://www.bouldersupershuttle.com/. There is a shuttle about every hour and it takes them a bit under one hour to get to the airport.
To get to Boulder from the airport: Follow the side Airport exit signs to Peña Boulevard towards Denver. Go west on I-70. Take a right on I-270. Go through the industrial zone around I-25 and I-76 and continue straight on US 36 into Boulder. Note: Crossing the Denver area is not really a fun drive: lots of cars, many lanes, and not many indications. Once on US 36 it's easy: Just keep going. (By the way, there is a nice overlook point just at the top of the last hill before going down into Boulder).
The car rental counters are in the main terminal, not far from the big fountain.
Here are some of the possible hotels.
(Yves will drive you back and forth between hotels and office if needed).
Courtyard By Marriott
4710 Pearl East Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
Short walking distance from the office, but in an office park and a bit far from downtown and dinner places (however, there is a restaurant at the hotel). High-speed Internet access ((nor sure if free), wired in room, wireless in public areas).
Residence Inn By Marriott
3030 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Not far from the office (20mn walking). High-speed Internet access ((nor sure if free), wired in room, wireless in public areas).
2660 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302
About mid-way between the office and downtown. Shops, theaters, etc, all around. Free high-speed Internet access (wired in rooms, wireless in public areas).
Best Western Golden Buff Lodge
1725 28Th Street, Boulder, CO 80301-1083
Cheaper than the others. Older hotel/motel but looks correct. Almost across the street from the Marriott Boulder. Free High-speed Internet access.
800 28th Street Boulder, Colorado 80303
New hotel, sales itself as "the cure for the common hotel". Cheaper than the Mariotts. Free high-speed Internet wireless access.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28Th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Along the Boulder Creek, same area as the Marriott Boulder.
2115 13 Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Historic "old" hotel, right downtown Boulder, very nice, but very expensive. Free high-speed internet wireless access.
There are many other hotels and B&B in Boulder at all price ranges.
The meeting is open to members of the ITS Working Group, as well as those participating in the W3C I18N Working or Interest Groups.
If you plan to attend the meeting, you should contact Yves Savourel.
Lunches (simple ones) will be provided. Let Yves know if you have
special requirements (vegetarian, etc.)
There is also a wide choice of restaurants not too far from the office.
There is no WIFI network at the office, but Ethernet hookups will be available in the conference room.
Boulder (sometimes called the "Republic of Boulder") is a city nestled at the feet of the Flatirons. It counts 100,000 inhabitants (boulderites) but feels more like a village.
Weather in Boulder in September is likely to be rather dry, warm by day and cool by night. Snow is unlikely at the beginning of the month. It will be a bit too early for the "turn of the leaves" event, the week when the aspen trees turn gold, marking the peak of the indian summer.
Boulder is the home of the "Buffaloes": Colorado University. There will be the second (American) football game of the season on Saturday September 9th: Colorado v.s. Colorado State. Because the game will be played in the big stadium of Denver, it is unlikely to cause to much crowded hotels at the end of the week. Besides football, CU offers many different attractions some of them are the Fiske Planetarium, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, and an interesting museum.
The Naropa University has also its home in Boulder. Born in Tibet in 1940, Naropa's founder, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, was a lineage holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions. Naropa University is based on Nalanda University, which was characterized by its joining of intellect and intuition.
Boulder is also the home of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), where is located the NIST-F1 Cesium Fountain Atomic Clock, the reference clock for the US (and many other countries).
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is also headquartered in Boulder. They have several webcams of Boulder and the area. NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) is also situated in Boulder.
The Pearl Street Mall is a good place to enjoy some of the cuisine and entertainments Boulder can offer. The Boulder Creek runs across town, from the canyons to the plains, offering a beautiful avenue for running, biking or just strolling (Note: it passes very close from the ENLASO office too: here are a few pictures of it as the seasons go).
The Rocky Mountains National Park is about an hour drive from Boulder (through the gorgeous Peak to Peak Highway) and it will be the beginning of the mating season for the elks. The park is very close from Estes Park, a touristy mountain town, with the famous Stanley Hotel.
Much closer, Boulder's open spaces and parks system counts its own fauna including deer, mountain lions, coyotes, black bears, and much more.
You can find more information about Boulder in these sites:
Live Boulder Webcam: http://www.colorado.edu/webcam/ (updated about every 20 minutes)
And some pictures taken in September from or around the office (mouse over for legend):
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