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My keynote presentation at code4lib 2009 in Providence, RI

My keynote presentation at code4lib 2009 in Providence, RI



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  • Great Presentation. Set this Free. http://squeeze-page-templates.info
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  • Must be coincidence, but some days ago I designed a talk with a similar cave painting in the beginning. Some memes must have been playing around with our mindsets. Apart from that, I share your view completely.
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  • you graphic gallery must be dire :D
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  • Raised some questions ^^ Would love to see more in depth talk on semantic web!
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If you love something... set it free If you love something... set it free Presentation Transcript

  • if you love something... ...set it free Ian Davis, CTO, Talis www.talis.com
  • From cave paintings... http://flickr.com/photos/jackversloot/2563365462/
  • ...to the age of the Internet, the human race has sought ever more efficient ways to exchange information. http://flickr.com/photos/_rq/2959254617/
  • We are no longer limited by the physicality of information. http://flickr.com/photos/tom1231/310755516/
  • Dramatic reductions in marginal cost of production is not the whole story. http://flickr.com/photos/photohome_uk/1494590209/
  • The World Wide Web is the most successful information system ever devised... but why did the Web win? www.flickr.com/photos/meyshanworld/2217851281
  • Network effects arise when the act of participation makes the entire network more useful for everyone www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/399609106
  • The open network outpaces the walled garden www.flickr.com/photos/robert_scarth/138438647/
  • Where would you publish?
  • Blue oceans are metaphors for the wide open unexplored markets created by radical innovations. flickr.com/photos/roybos69/2092138638/
  • Think about the industries that didn't exist 30 years ago. www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/544472325
  • Now what about 100 years ago? http://flickr.com/photos/bestrated1/139355803/
  • Now which companies exist only because of the Web?
  • All because the web lets you link documents together. http://flickr.com/photos/mako_side_b/2424654365/
  • Increasing the variety of links and things being linked to can create vastly stronger and more valuable networks flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2234378275/
  • The Semantic Web fundamentally changes how information, machines and people are connected
  • “In the Semantic Web, it is not the Semantic which is novel, it is the Web” -- Chris Welty, IBM
  • The Semantic Web and its powerful network effects are enabling a radical transformation away from islands of data. www.flickr.com/photos/visulogik/83476195/
  • Conjecture 1: Data outlasts code http://flickr.com/photos/carrick/61952845/
  • Therefore open data is more important than open source http://flickr.com/photos/frenchy/79366258/
  • Conjecture 2: There is more structured data in the world than unstructured http://flickr.com/photos/artg33k/2485267144/
  • Therefore people who understand structure matter
  • Conjecture 3: Most of the value in our data will be unexpected and unintended http://flickr.com/photos/ninjanoodles/1586208492/
  • Therefore we should engineer for serendipity http://flickr.com/photos/psd/1805591747/
  • The goal is not to build a web of data. The goal is to enrich lives through access to information. http://flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/2819175465/
  • Does preservation require protection? http://flickr.com/photos/london_ally/2530863286/
  • Provide and Enable http://flickr.com/photos/retropc/2863861748/
  • Provide... use your unique expertise and knowledge to collect, organise and publish data you care about http://flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/2631466945/
  • Enable... licence your data for reuse, give important things a URI and link widely. http://flickr.com/photos/dietpoison/133957015/
  • Shouldn't the right data be available when you need it?
  • Technology grows exponentially, but society adapts linearly Can someone please tell me why my bio and all of my tribe friends are listed on a site I have never been to or heard of? I didn't think this was Tribes style. I feel cheated and betrayed. If I wanted my profile to be farmed out, I would join Facebook. www.flickr.com/photos/a4gpa/273108378
  • Let's be careful
  • We have barely begun
  • if you love something... ...set it free... ...and change the world Ian Davis, CTO, Talis www.talis.com