The next BIG move

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on April 02, 2014

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.

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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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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on January 13, 2014

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).

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Paving the Way

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on June 06, 2013

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 >


A lighthouse and a submarine

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on April 12, 2013

A bigger part of the Netherlands is located under sea level, which gives me the association of living in a submarine. But this does not imply that the Dutch are hiding from anything, quite on the contrary!

Exquisite research is taking place here, which was very well illustrated during our LOD2 plenary meeting end of March in Amsterdam; after last year’s plenaries in Vienna and Cambridge.

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Predicting the Future of Quantitative Legal Prediction

Edward Bryant
Written by Edward Bryant
on December 19, 2012

The use of quantitative prediction continues to shake up numerous professional services industries by automating or semi-automating tasks previously performed by experts. Professor Daniel Katz (Michigan State University) has offered up an analysis of how quantitative prediction is already changing the legal services industry (Quantitative Legal Prediction – or – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Preparing for the Data Driven Future of the Legal Services Industry, 62 Emory Law Journal ___ (2013) (working draft)). Although Katz’s analysis focuses on legal services, the trends discussed can be applied to other professional service industries, including tax planning and accounting services. Quantitative prediction promises to automate or semi-automate many core questions asked by professionals and their clients: Do I have a case? What is our likely exposure? How much is this going to cost? Are these documents relevant? What will happen if we leave this particular provision out of this contract? How can we best staff this particular legal matter? Read further >


ISWC – Is Semantics Worth Considering?

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on November 30, 2012

I am not really sure, if this is a correct English sentence, but abbreviations show that meaning and semantics indeed have a lot to tell us. Looking at Wikipedia, you will find that “ISWC” has four different meanings – and I am pretty sure that there are even more around the globe. One is: “International Symposium on Wearable Computers”. There are also others, which are as meaningful like: “International Speed Windsurfing Class” or “International Semantic Web Conference”; the latter I will talk about today.

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