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Take the tour
Peter Williams offers a sneak preview of some
of the Online Information exhibition stands
L
ooking down the list of Online working, has hired SoutronSolo.
Information exhibitors, IWR Feeling competitive? Then take a
readers will notice many familiar walk over to the Ex-Libris stand. It
names. But disrupting the seeming has announced an open platform
continuity is a good sprinkling of competition to find the most
unfamiliar names, and even those original code extensions from the
organisations you might think you customer community.
know will be trying to prove they are Just before the exhibition it was
full of new ideas and innovation at a announced that the Modern
time when every sector of the Language Association had signed an
economy is suffering. agreement with Serials Solutions, a
And if you’ve heard every seminar business unit of ProQuest, to include
you want to hear and you’ve done a quintessential MLA International
enough walking up and down the Bibliography in the Summon web- Coasts in Springer’s wetlands may be choosing from the 21,500
aisles, you could always pop by the scale discovery service. research portfolio. titles that the company stocks. T&F
IWR stand. But before you do that, Another publisher forming Naturally, e-books will be a big is also showcasing its range of online
you might want to check out Soutron, ventures is Springer. Starting in 2010, topic at this year’s Online. Taylor & journal packages, including three
a supplier of library automation it will publish Wetlands, the official Francis has certainly set the pace with new products for 2010 on
systems for corporates and special journal of the Society of Wetland the bold claim of a free e-book for anthropology and archaeology,
libraries. Women Like Us, a Scientists. It joins Wetlands Ecology every visitor. Visit the stand and get criminology and law, and sociology
recruitment agency focusing on flexible and Management and Estuaries and your hands on one; the only problem and related disciplines. a73
MEET THE SPEAKER: TOM SCOTT
IWR MEETS TOM SCOTT, DIGITAL EDITOR OF BBC EARTH UK. SCOTT SPEAKS ON THE
SECOND DAY OF THE CONFERENCE; HIS PRESENTATION IS PART OF THE TRACK 1
SESSION BUILDING COHERENCE AT THE BBC AND LOOKS AT THE PRINCIPLES AND
ADVANCES OF THE SEMANTIC WEB
Scott is a manager with extensive experience of delivering innovative
technical web projects. He is skilled in leading teams in the design and
development of web applications that are targeted to user and
business needs. As editor of BBC Earth, he is responsible for the
editorial, design and technical development of a programme of work
to bring more of the BBC’s natural history content online and to link
up more of what’s already there.
Previously he was responsible for the design and development of
the BBC’s interactive audio and music products, including
bbc.co.uk/programmes and bbc.co.uk/music. He is particularly
interested in how to make the web more human-literate, linking
data the webby way.
Q What in your opinion is the most important piece of information
that delegates attending your session will take away with them?
A How linked data can be used not only to deliver scalable, coherent websites but
also to provide the basis for others (inside and outside an organisation) to reuse the
information being published to build new services: for example, by reusing
information in a new context, for a different purpose, without requiring
redevelopment of the original service.
Q What are you looking forward to most about Online Information 2009?
A Learning from others about the challenges and solutions they have encountered when
publishing data on the web. In particular the lessons learnt from implementing semantic web
technologies within UK government.
Q What are the next biggest challenges facing information professionals?
A I’m not sure that I know about all of them, but from my corner of the world I think
the next big change will happen when we start to link up lots of data resources in a loose,
web-like way. Right now, there are lots of point-to-point integrations but not many
people are looking at what becomes possible when data is published and then used at
the web scale.
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