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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Piecing Together the Semantics Puzzle

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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…

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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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When building a house…

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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?!

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
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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