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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
What is the difference between heaven and hell? There are quite a few allegories out there, including the Lithuanian “Allegory of the long spoons”, which claim that the only difference is within the attitude of the people involved. In hell, there are people who are selfish and very limited in their way of thinking; and in heaven, there are cooperative people, who care about others and can therefore create a win-win situation for all – which takes me directly to the licensing dilemma we are currently facing in the Semantic Web community. Read further >
Few weeks ago a new portal for legal professionals has been published by Wolters Kluwer Italy: it is called Studio Legale and integrates solutions prototyped within our R&D department and discussed also in some of my previous posts about semantic search and technology. Read further >