It is so easy to get excited about the latest Web 2.0 online media applications that we often lose sight of the fact that underneath all of these innovations is a fundamentally different kind of operating system, one based on open data as opposed to closed proprietary content. If I had to sum it up in a sentence:
Open Data is to media what Open Source is to technology.
On Tuesday March 13, more than sixty inventors, investors and interpreters of online media will gather to discuss Open Data. Due to the size of the space and the conversational environment we are looking to foster, this is an invitation-only event. That being said, in keeping with the spirit of the conference, we have reserved a handful of slots for any of you that have not been invited but who believe you have something vital to add to this debate.
The location of the conference—the Reuters building in Times Square– is the perfect setting for this conversation: high above the congestion of locals and tourists on the city streets, we will discuss the similar congestion of users on the Internet. Communicating to them as if they were a single, passive audience no longer works. New systems are needed to recognize, amplify and synthesize the data of each user.
On Monday night, March 12 @ 7p, Reuters CEO Tom Glocer is going to talk with us about the 150-year evolution of Reuters as an Open Data platform.
On Tuesday, March 13, starting from 8a until 6p, we are going to hear from a number of startups that- despite their seeming differences- have each incorporated Open Data directly into their products.
Each of these services threaten to disrupt distribution and business models – creating new, user-driven dynamics in the process:
- Adaptive Blue- Extended browsing
- Aggregate Knowledge- Outsourced recommendations
- Atten.TV- Attention media
- Buzzlogic- Tracking influence
- ClearForest – Text analytics
- Daylife- Hi-touch algorithmic news
- Feedburner- RSS content management
- Lijit Networks- Ranking people
- Majestic Research- Online behavior for investors
- Meetup- America offline
- MyBlogLog- Reader communities
- Omnidrive- Open data storage
- Right Media- Transparent ad network
- Stumbleupon- The "forward" button
We have also invited established companies to talk about these disruptions and what they are doing to embrace transparency moving forward.
- Morgan Stanley
Finally, to ensure that the conversation remains fully accountable, there will be a number of influential bloggers, analysts and journalists challenging assumptions and digging deeper into the issues:
Our model for the conference is a mashup of a Bill Clinton Open House gathering, a Charlie Rose interview and OReilly Foo Camp.
Every attendee will be a participant, and will be expected to share his or her own perspective of how best to capture value in an Open Data world.
No talking heads, no canned presentations, no selling.
Yes blogging so long as the speaker is comfortable being quoted.
If you are interested in participating, and feel like you have something unique to add to this conversation, please make your case in a couple of sentences to firstname.lastname@example.org.