Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Jonathan's messages, about the need to explore quite radical new models of doing business, and about the importance ofunlockingcontent in order to realise (greater) value at a point downstream from the original act of accessing it, resonate.
In the new model, access to content and services need not be controlled by the Gate Keepers who purchase licenses to monolithic blocks of content on our behalf. Economies of scale obviously still have a place, as do coordinated acts of selection. But our employees and our public are increasingly going around the glacially slow straitjackets of institutional/organisational purchasing and interacting directly with those sources of content and services smart and nimble enough to respond. The value of each of these individual interactions is minuscule. The potential is enormous, as is that for a new breed of 'Gate Keeper'; one thatfacilitatesandmediatesrather than controls and constrains.
Jonathan has agreed to talk with me for aTalking with Talisconversation, and we're working out the final details on that just now... I've heard Jonathan a few times now, and am very much looking forward to it. Once we have a firm date I'll invite your questions, as usual.
As is my wont, I listened to this while driving home late yesterday evening. All the clinking cutlery to be heard in the background did my grumbling stomach no good whatsoever! I wonder if the Churchill Club's food tasted as good as it sounded?