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Image by dannybirchall via Flickr I took a quick trip to the Catalan city of Barcelona earlier this month; surely the first time I’ve been to that city without seeing the sea. I was there as a guest of HP, to hear some of the latest happenings in their storage business. Over two ...
Image via Wikipedia I’m joining some of my fellow GigaOM Pro contributors for a free webinar on 4 November, in which we’ll be talking about scalability and the Cloud. As the blurb notes, “Today’s businesses are increasingly looking to cloud-based infrastructure ...
The act of registration seems ingrained in all of us, especially where dealing with ‘authority.’ That seemingly random agglomeration of letters and numbers on the back and front of our cars? A registration number. We visit the Registry Office in order to make births, marria...
Image by Ben Templesmith via Flickr Towards the end of George Orwell’s allegorical take on the Stalinist Revolution, the pigs of Animal Farm take on the trappings of the humans they supplanted, shifting ideologically from ‘Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad’ to declare R...
My latest piece for GigaOM Pro, How Regulated Industries Can Move Toward the Cloud, takes a look at some truths to counter the widely held view that regulated industries like financial services cannot make use of Cloud Computing. They can, and they do. If you’re a GigaOM Pro subs...
In my latest podcast I talk with Jim Curry, VP Corporate Development at Rackspace and Chief Stacker at OpenStack. The OpenStack activity was unveiled by Rackspace, NASA, and their partners back in July, and is on track to deliver functional initial releases in the next few weeks. We di...
In my latest podcast I talk with George Reese, CTO of enStratus. We explore ongoing industry concerns around the security or otherwise of Cloud Computing, and discuss the role of developments such as CloudAudit in ensuring a degree of transparency and accountability moving forward. Thi...
Image via Wikipedia In my latest podcast I talk with Ric Telford, Vice President for Cloud Services at IBM. I spoke with Kristof Kloeckner – the company’s CTO and VP Cloud Computing Platforms – last year, and in my conversation with Ric we get updates on IBM’s j...
In my latest podcast I talk with Scott Rodgers and Bob Fahey of multinational IT Consultancy firm, Avanade. Formed as a partnership between Microsoft and Accenture, Avanade focuses upon delivering IT solutions based upon Microsoft’s suite of technologies and products, including C...
I was in Manchester yesterday, having been invited over by Paul Collins to speak at Vision+Media‘s final Transmissions workshop. The topic was ‘Towards a Web of Data,’ and the other speakers were Bill Roberts of Swirrl and Liz Turner of Iconomical. Bill’s slides...
In my latest podcast I talk with Richard Stirling of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, and we discuss progress with the Government’s ambitious data.gov.uk site. This podcast was recorded on Friday 16 July, 2010. I spoke with John Sheridan of the Government’s Office ...
Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr A somewhat hectic June concluded with my second trip of the month to California. Whilst the first excursion led to Santa Clara and an interesting insight into attempts by Hitachi Data Systems to reinvent its relationship with the wider community, the sec...
From a trebling of web traffic within sixty seconds of Channel 4 mentioning the Celebrity Big Brother URL on-air, to 59 million hits in a day to a restaurant web site advertised during the US Super Bowl, advertisers, broadcasters and technologists are falling over themselves to exploit...
When I was a child, I wanted to be a spaceman. No great surprise there, perhaps, and also no great surprise that I — like so many others — never got to achieve that dream. Still, when the opportunity presented itself to write a space-y piece as my latest contribution over on GigaOM ...
Continuing my series of podcast conversations with interesting people, this week I spoke with David Siegel in New York. David is the author of several best-selling books, and has just published Pull: the power of the Semantic Web to transform your business [Amazon US] [Amazon UK]. We ...
Last year, I published a draft version of the Linked Data Horizon Scan that I had been commissioned to write for the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The final version of that report is available today, both in commentable form via JISC’s JISCPress tool and ...
I recorded my latest Semantic Web-ish podcast last week, talking with Martin Hepp in Germany and Jamie Taylor in California. Our topic was GoodRelations, an ontology/vocabulary designed to enhance the clarity of descriptions of businesses and their products on the Web. As the GoodRelat...
To be honest, I’ve never fully understood Higher Education’s penchant for building ‘institutional repositories.’ These frequently under-populated aggregations of academic papers produced by ‘research active’ employees of a particular university appea...
Siri provoked a flurry of interest last summer, and presumably not just because CTO Tom Gruber took part in one of my podcasts. With their genesis inside a big DARPA-funded Artificial Intelligence project, their talk of emergent Virtual Personal Assistants and their slick iPhone-powere...
I have been a fan of (and subscriber to) GigaOM’s analyst site, GigaOM Pro, for some time. As the site’s blurb describes, “All too often, insider analyst research and commentary is costly, inaccessible or ineffective to the entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who...
I spoke with Will Hunsinger, CEO of Evri, yesterday and the result has just been released as a podcast. Backed by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Seattle-based Evri is using semantic technologies to “change the way consumers discover and engage with content on the Web.” ...
One of the projects I’ve been working on recently is for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) here in the UK. Like the BBC, the UK Government and others, they’re interested in the opportunities created by adoption of Linked Data, and will be issuing a call to fund...
I’ve been following InfoChimps for some time, intrigued by their aspiration to build a marketplace for data that combines the free with the paid. Thanks to the team at Jones-Dilworth (honestly, does Josh have any clients that aren’t interesting?) I managed to get some time ...
Steve Ardire introduced me to Felix Van de Maele, CEO of Brussels-based Collibra, at the Defrag conference in Denver last month. We met again at the European Semantic Technology Conference (ESTC), where Collibra won the seedcamp event. I spoke with Felix recently to record a podcast ex...
November’s episode of the Semantic Web Gang podcast, which I host, is now online.
The presentation I just delivered here at Defrag is now on slideshare, in case you want a look.
Google held a small event in London late last month, at which senior executives from a wide range of organisations gathered to discuss the impact of the Cloud. Presenters included luminaries such as Marc Benioff, Werner Vogels, Geoffrey Moore and Nick Carr, as well as CIOs at the coalf...
As part of a workshop at this year’s International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), former colleague Leigh Dodds prepared an interesting diagram on the ways in which resources comprising the Linked Data Cloud are currently licensed. For various reasons, I was unable to make it ...
I covered Avanade’s Global Cloud Computing Survey for CloudAve back in February, and took a closer look at the security concerns it highlighted in a related post for this blog. Avanade re-commissioned the same research firm, Kelton Research, to undertake some follow-up work betwe...
Rackspace has been in the mainstream hosting business for over a decade, and was amongst early entrants into the utility computing market with the launch of Mosso back in 2006. Now rebranded as The Rackspace Cloud, the company’s Cloud Computing offering is one of the most widely ...
My presentation from Friday’s Future of Technology in Education (FOTE) conference in London is now on Slideshare, and reproduced here. Cutting through the Hype: Clouds in Context set out to question some of the preconceptions that many people seem to hold about Cloud Computing, and I s...
Continuing my ongoing series of Talis-sponsored podcasts, I recently spoke with Tom Steinberg. Tom is Director of mySociety, the not-for-profit organisation behind many of the UK’s most established efforts to increase the transparency and utility of Government information. Have a...
On the face of it, the answer to this question should presumably be resoundingly affirmative. With far more efficient utilisation of available compute resources, economies of scale in staffing and infrastructure, and a tendency to site the bigger data centres in areas blessed with natu...
Continuing the Government data theme of my recent podcasts, this month’s Semantic Web Gang conversation also explores the potential for semantic technologies to unlock far more value in the data being put online by Governments around the world. Have a listen, and see what you thi...
An issue with many of the current initiatives to provide access to data is that they focus on one particular mode of access. As a rule, they tend to either offer a pretty interface that facilitates end-user exploration of a constrained set of data, or they proudly offer a massive list ...
Every time a new search engine pops up, bloggers, journalists and analysts get all worked up about its potential (or otherwise) to be a ‘Google Killer.’ I’ve written about this before, and really can’t understand the apparent obsession with ‘killing’ a company that’s continuing to do r...
Tim Berners-Lee has been amongst those rallying to the cause, and working with Governments here and overseas to realise the opportunities in — first — simply getting data out and — second — ensuring the structure and linkages required if Government data is to form a useful foundation u...
Image by Irish Typepad via Flickr Part of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Library service, my local public library is pretty good. OK, so its welcome experiment with Sunday opening was sadly short-lived, cruelly demolishing this family’s regular Sunday stroll into...
Earlier this month, I wrote about the Higher Education sector’s interest in the opportunities presented by use of semantic technologies. Today I published a podcast with Thanassis Tiropanis, project manager for the recently finished SemTech report and co-organiser of a workshop o...
Defrag is a conference that I’ve been watching for a while now. I was extremely disappointed when an opportunity to attend last year fell through, and therefore delighted when things aligned better this year. Trans-Atlantic airline pricing being what it is, I’ve even ended ...