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.
The Volume, Velocity, and Variety of Big Data
By now you have heard about the three V’s of Big Data Analytics: volume, velocity and variety of data. By now you have also heard that there are solutions in place to handle these problems. The solution is basically anything built on top of Apache Hadoop 2.0, or competitive products. Hadoop is now packaged by Cloudera, HortonWorks, and MapR.
These software solutions provide the scalability, flexibility and architecture that enables enterprises to address these issues. How did they solve it so quickly? Competition. I love the competition in this space. It takes yesterday’s problems and accelerates solutions. The winners overall are the consumers of these products. A little over a year ago, you may have struggled through hours of configurations and installation steps to setup of Apache Hadoop, but today you can download a Cloudera/Hadoop VM and be up and running in less than an hour.
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.”
But what does that mean?
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.
Publishing comes down to delivering the right information to the right people, preferably at the right time. While this hasn’t changed in itself, the way we request and deliver access to (legal) information has fundamentally transformed. The age of digitization is here. Read further >
To measure search quality helps us to improve our market position as it let us know (a) what are we able to do or not, (b) what are our competitors able to do or not, and (c) how should we act accordingly. By identifying pain points and proof points we can compare better our quality and communicate it better. Read further >
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 >
A common misconception is that search is just “technology” and usability is just “design”. But they are two key components for user interaction within a research system to improve effectiveness (number of tasks achieved) and efficiency (time invested). Two excellent books on the topic are “Search User Interfaces” or “Search Patterns”. Read further >
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.
If you deal with search technologies, you know that “In search, you’re only as good as your first results, so [putting the] best first is crucial to making search simple, fast, and relevant… best first must be a top priority“ (Morville & Callender). Read further >