Babylon is one of the most important cities in Ancient history. Its well-known king Hammurabi was the first in the world to publish laws in local languages, so that every citizen had easy access to them (somehow, he was one of the founders of our industry!). In addition, according to the Bible, Babylon is the place where all the different human languages come from. How do we cope with this diversity today?
To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?
While sitting in a café in Portoroz, Slovenia last week, I was struck by the almost contradictory situation I was in. Similar to the environment – the beach and sunset reflecting in the water of the Mediterranean Sea – but simultaneously tackling new achievements and major issues with worldwide experts – very demanding on one hand and very relaxing on the other.
Easter was and still is an important date in Western civilization. Different traditions have evolved including the Easter Bunny, Semana Santa or the Easter Parade. Still, we need to be aware of the fact that for the majority of people, Easter does not exist! How does this effect our business interactions? Read further >
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not yet reached a fundamental breakthrough. So far, I see progress in many areas, but somehow it is a horizontal development, as if something cool is still out there waiting to be discovered.
One of the biggest thrills in my life is when I meet people who are completely different from me – by culture, by experience, by age (unfortunately, there is no homepage dedicated to my grandpa!), etc. Starting discussions with them often means reflecting on my own ways of thinking and behavior, which is very exciting and which often leads to broadening my horizons. A similar WOW effect happens when I come across new open datasets, which cover a lot of knowledge in a concise manner, that help us to accelerate new business development.
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.
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.
One of the biggest sport events has just ended and Germans like myself are currently live in some sort of fairy tale. Since sports are all about emotion, devotion and people, it is all about us and this “One moment in time.”
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?