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Open Data Conference

March 13, 2007


Back into the Open Data Session.

Just missed DayLife.

Chris Fralic from First Round Capital shows Stumblevideo. It’s cool. The Dick Cheney video is hilarious. Stumbleupon is a great example of open data — wisdom of the crowds. This is probably a dumb question, but how is Stumbleupon really different (in a meaningful way) from Digg?

Feedburner Dick Costolo is next. Dick shares with us that lots and lots of his publishers open up their usage data.

Lunch. Finally. Great chat with Dick Costolo, Chris Fralic and Jeff Jarvis, over roast beef and chips. Met Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, who is going to help me evaluate a deal I am now looking at.

Back to the session. Scott Rafer, CEO of MyBlogLog, is up there.

Need to cut out early to go to meeting over at NBC.

My net-net: data, and the ability to capture, analyze, distill and act upon it, is going to be a very important chapter of the Internet. Still a little ways out, but approaching, and probably pretty quickly.

Really good event. There actually was substance. Only time in recent history that I can recall actually staying in the session most of the time.

Thanks  Seth!

Open Data Conference

March 13, 2007


Just made it into Seth Goldstein’s Open Data Conference.  A very interesting premise:

Open Data is to media what Open Source is to technology. It is an approach to content creation that explicitly recognizes the value of implicit user data. The Internet is the first medium to give a voice to the attention that people pay to it. Successful Open Data companies listen for and amplify the rich data that their audiences produce.”

Abdur Chowdry, formerly AOL’s data guy (ouch), is taking the non-podium. He raises 3 questions:

(1) Why are you opening up data? Because you think doing so will make someone’s experience better.

(2) How am I going to manage what happens after we open up the data?

(3) I was checking email and missed the 3d question.

Chris Law, one of the Tribe fdrs, now is up presenting his startup Aggregate Knowledge. Aggregate Knowledge takes the Amazon “if you liked this book you should like this” concept, and applies it across a network of ecommerce sites. I met Chris, and heard about AK at eTech last year. It is a good idea and a company I like.

Breaking for a board call now. More later.