Big Data: Hype and Reality

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on May 01, 2015

There’s no doubt that there is business in Big Data… as well as a lot of nonsense around it as well – with growing tendency! So the question is how to figure out the relevant aspects. BDVA is trying to address that on a pan-European level – and Wolters Kluwer is a part of that journey!

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Patient-Centric Decision Support to Battle Sepsis

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on March 23, 2015

Every doctor worries about missing a diagnosis that leads to a patient’s death. Even more upsetting is the knowledge that the data needed to save that life was in the patient’s record, but just out of the doctor’s reach. Such is usually the case with sepsis—the body’s often-fatal immune response to infection that can escalate rapidly and lead to organ failure and septic shock. Read further >


When Archeologists and Computer Scientists Talk About Legal Matters

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on February 27, 2015

I had the privilege and pleasure to be present at one of these rare occasions.

Experts from different domains, personal histories, and backgrounds will work together in the coming years. They all push toward making the creation and maintenance of data-intensive systems and applications more efficient.

Or to put it simply: ALIGNED was born!

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Five Stages Lawyers Need To Embrace In a World of Robots

Raymond Blijd
Written by Raymond Blijd
on February 09, 2015

The Kübler-Ross model describes the five emotional stages experienced when faced with impending death or death of someone. The five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Similarly, change is an irreversible and unapologetic event. Here are 5 alternate stages for legal professionals to help navigate change in the legal market. Read further >


Traveling Salesman Problem

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on January 26, 2015

I heard about this topic - which finds the shortest distance between a large number of cities – for the first time during my university studies back in the late 80’s. I found it stunning at that time, that such a problem with an obvious high economic relevance was quite hard to tackle. The name itself always triggered another association in me, which is the Death of a Salesman novel and the movie adaption with Dustin Hoffman and young John Malkovich from 1985, which still impresses and saddens me today.

Yet, today I want to talk about why I feel like a Traveling Salesman in 2015.

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News from the far North

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on December 19, 2014

No, I am not talking about Santa Claus today, but Finland. What comes to mind? Maybe Nokia, Teemu Selänne, or even IKEA (sorry, that is Sweden).

When thinking about Finland, people over here would say: smart, but definitely crazy. So, actually a perfect place for innovative people to meet. Today I want to talk about cool stuff from Finland – like Leningrad Cowboys or Aki Kaurismäki. It’s an annual event about the future of tech, knowledge and media, called Mindtrek Conference!

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Open Minds and Open Data

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on November 14, 2014

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.

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The Earth is Flat

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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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