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 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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Data economy – a new industry?!

Written on February 03, 2014

When searching in Google for “Data economy,” the first hit I got was a Wikipedia article on: “Economic data!” This sounds almost like an unintended pun.

Data has always been part of the economic system. Some of the oldest artifacts of recorded writing were lists of goods found in Uruk almost 5.500 years ago. But what we are currently observing is that the digital age is fundamentally changing entire industries, e.g. media industry (music or newspapers) or retail (see Amazon!). Moreover, personally identifiable information (sic!) is already contributing to profitable business. So internet technology – in combination with a growing information need in business processes (e.g. hype on Big Data) – is disrupting a lot of processes we are used to work with for a long time. In addition, a completely new quality to how we see and use data in the future is currently emerging.

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Written on January 13, 2014

Through his latest post, my colleague John Barker accelerated a discussion about technology and tools like Google Glass, which could augment the professional reality of our customers in a very radical way. People following our blog will remember that quite a few articles illuminate areas beyond textual information like the usage of visualization techniques. In this post, I would like go even a step further (or two).

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Intention, Extension or Extinction? – Tension anyway!

Written on December 09, 2013

I love words and I love language and meaning! Since I am not a native speaker, the words above sound and “feel” very similar, although their usage is quite different.

The same goes for “legal jargon”, where I have to face the fact that what I learned during my English lessons at school and university is quite often not applicable or even misleading in a legal context.

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A Day to Remember – Again!

Written on October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013, 5:45 a.m. I am heading towards Munich central station in order to catch a train to Frankfurt. The trip will take me around three and a half hours. Today I am visiting the Frankfurt Book Fair and as usual the train is packed with people – mainly people from publishing houses reading newspapers, books, some of them have kindles and others try to sleep a bit. What will this day have in store for me?

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Heading Towards Mobility – Maybe not Jumping Far Enough?!?

Written on September 26, 2013

Mobility is one major trend in the industry and also a cornerstone of our Wolters Kluwer strategy. People are using more and more tablets and smartphones, also in their daily professional routine. One recent trend in marketing is to exploit the behavior of people using more than one device at the same time (like a TV and a tablet) for addressing new sales channels, e.g. offering products on the tablet, which are complementing the format the user is currently consuming on TV. Translating this trend into our world could solve one major obstacle we currently face in product design. Read further >

Big Data – A Big challenge, but not a Big surprise

Written on August 12, 2013

As Ornella Zampieri pointed out in her last post, ‘Big Data’ is core for our corporate strategy, but it still needs a lot of investigation to flesh out what areas of the organization can benefit most from the new opportunities coming along with this technology. Fact is that some aspects of ‘Big Data’ are more relevant for Wolters Kluwer than others.

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Summer, Highland falls

Written on July 10, 2013
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Billy Joel sang this song at Shea stadium in 2008, during his millenium concert at Madison Square Garden as well as back in 1995, when I had the privilege to attend his “An evening of Questions & Answers” session in Nuremberg, Germany.

It has been one of my favorites ever since and although it is about love and life in general, I think it also reflects the professional world we live and will continue to live in. It starts with:

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