I spent the majority of my professional life as the scribe, analyst, advocate, facilitator and therapist for the information industry. I started with the traditional publishers and then moved on to my engagement in the financial information industry. I watched the business of information evolve through lots of IT revolutions … from microfiche to Boolean search to CD-ROM to videotext to client server architecture to the Internet and beyond.
At the baseline of everything was the concept of data tagging – as the key to search, retrieval and data value. I saw the evolution from SGML (which gave rise to the database industry). I witnessed the separation of content from form with the development of HTML. And now we are standing at the forefront of capturing meaning with formal ontologies and using inference-based processing to perform complex analysis.
I have been both a witness to (and an organizer of) the information industry for the better part of 30 years. It is my clear opinion that this development – and by that I mean the tagging of meaning and semantic processing is the most important development I have witnessed. It is about the representation of knowledge. It is about complex analytical processing. It is about the science of meaning. It is about the next phase of innovation for the information industry.
Let me see if I can put all of this into perspective for you. Because my goal is to enlist you into our journey. Read more