Christian Dirschl

Christian Dirschl

Content Architect, Head of Content Strategy
Wolters Kluwer Germany

Christian is responsible for the content structures, metadata, taxonomies, and thesauri within Wolters Kluwer Germany. He manages text mining and automatic topical classification projects.

He also represents Wolters Kluwer Germany in international projects like LOD2 or in the cooperation with KISTI (South Korea). Christian has worked with Wolters Kluwer Germany since 2001. Before that, he worked as an international IT consultant in several software companies.

Christian has a Master of Arts degree in Information Science from the University of Regensburg. He is based in Munich, Germany.

Posts by Christian Dirschl

The Earth is Flat

Written on October 20, 2014

As we all know, the model of a flat earth in contrast to a globe was a common idea even until Columbus tried to sail from Europe to India. He had to face doubts in his crew as well as whether the Earth was really round, so that there was no danger of “falling off the edge.” This model reflects our everyday perception that we stand firmly on the ground and, for example, water is not flowing away from us – following the curvature of the Earth. So, there is actually some ratio and common sense behind it.

But when people acknowledged that Earth in fact was round, a whole new world not only in the literary sense opened up to them and things became possible and even inevitable that were beyond imagination before.

I think that our civilization today is currently figuring out again that the world is round!

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Piecing Together the Semantics Puzzle

Written on September 12, 2014

Putting a puzzle together can be frustrating as a child, yet this brain teaser becomes more gratifying as an adult. Carefully placing intricate pieces together to create a complete picture. I think we offered an almost completed puzzle last week in Leipzig at SEMANTiCS 2014, where we presented LOD2.

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That’s one small step for…

Written on August 18, 2014

To start a blog post with such a phrase in order to introduce the finalization of a 4-year project might sound a bit pathetic. Still I think that LOD2 has opened a new door for Wolters Kluwer and for the industry as a whole to better cope with the fundamental transformation process we already face and will be facing in the coming years.

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The end of the document

Written on June 20, 2014

Do you remember arguing with your partner during your holiday trip, whether the inconvenient street map on his/her lap is saying that you should take the next right turn or not? I do!

For some years now, we are more relaxed, because we have our digital lady telling us where to go. And if she is wrong, we know whom to blame, which strengthens our relationship even more.

What does this tell us about the future of the publishing industry?

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You can forget about that!

Written on May 16, 2014

The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently decided that “An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties.”

Based on that decision, international websites as well as national discussion platforms in Europe are glowing with activity.

But what does that mean?

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Written on May 09, 2014

Fascinating, isn’t it? This song is older than I am and still fresher than I’ve ever been. It has a (hi)story on its own covering fifty years now. From being the “archetypical protest song” to becoming a part of strategic investment (a hedge fund manager bought the hand-written lyrics for more than $400k).

Still, the underlying question requires if not an answer, yet at least a reaction: How do I deal with change?

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The next BIG move

Written on April 02, 2014

Wolters Kluwer was very prominently represented at this year’s European Data Forum (EDF), the annual meeting-point for data practitioners from industry, research, the public-sector and community initiatives, where we discussed the opportunities and challenges of the emerging Data Economy in Europe.

This was my first conference, where literary all stakeholders were present – from Vice President Neelie Kroes, surrounded by police and security, who clearly stated in her welcome note the importance of the information industry for the well-being of Europe; to Greek students in T-shirt and sneakers, who were looking for information for their master’s thesis. This created an interesting atmosphere, with one key topic at the center of discussion.

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When building a house…

Written on March 17, 2014

Maybe you read in your childhood the famous French Asterix comic book series. I especially like Edifis (or as he is called in other languages Numérobis), an Egyptian architect in the “Asterix and Cleopatra” volume. He is the best architect Egypt can provide, but his buildings are really horrible. They seem to collapse every minute and obviously there is no proper basis or even a sufficient plan used during construction. Sometimes I think that many people in our industry still work like Numérobis.

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