Does information really want to be free? While the Internet is full of open data, there’s plenty of data companies are willing to pay handsomely for—particularly if it’s timely and well aggregated. As a result, data marketplaces are a burgeoning business. Some companies crawl the web, structuring information so it’s easy to use; others re-sell proprietary feeds; still others act as a clearing house for data. This panel discussion will look at the role of data marketplaces in information-based business, comparing the value of ready-made data sets to the cost of collecting information yourself.
Julie Steele is the Content Editor for Strata at O’Reilly Media. She is co-author of Beautiful Visualization and Designing Data Visualizations. She finds beauty in exploring complex systems, and thinks in metaphors. She is particularly drawn to the visual medium as a way to understand and transmit information.
Julie holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Rutgers University in Newark. She lives in New York City, where she cooks, reads, designs, and practices yoga. You can find her blogging occasionally for O’Reilly Radar, or on Twitter.
Ian is the CEO of Urban Mapping, a leading provider of hosted mapping services.
Prior to founding Urban Mapping in 2003, White worked as a business consultant at and held various roles in business development and marketing. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Design and Management at Parsons School of Design in New York.
White received a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Babson College and completed postgraduate studies in France.
Peter Marney is a Senior Vice President at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information to businesses and professionals. Peter leads the team that defines and implements the company’s information architecture strategy known as Content Marketplace. It is Thomson Reuters’ approach to federated master data management built on a uniform set of policies, a common language of content and a standardized set of interfaces. The Marketplace enables otherwise disparate databases, both internal and external to Thomson Reuters, to distribute interoperable and easily commingled information.
Peter has held many senior positions during his 20 year career at Thomson Reuters and has principally focused on products and services directed at the investment banking community. Peter received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College.
Moe is the Director of Program Management on the Cloud Services Team, responsible for SQL Azure, Windows Azure DataMarket, AppMarket, Sync Services, and Cloud Labs. Prior to this role, he was the Product Unit Manager leading the Windows Azure DataMarket business (formerly known as Codename “Dallas”). DataMarket allows IWs and developers on any platform to easily discover, explore, and consume data & services to power applications, visualizations and reports. Moe created the project and ran the engineering and business development teams that allow the marketplace to deliver real-time web services, media, massive relational data, and higher-level analytics and visualization services – mostly due to his selfish needs for big data. Prior to Azure, he ran the augmented-reality cloud initiative in the Cloud Data Services team and was a co-founder of the synchronization technologies in Windows to connect and bring together disparate sources of data. Before Microsoft, Moe was a software architect at Vital Images, doing distributed 3D/4D medical imaging…
Dennis is the Director of Product & Marketing. He joined Infochimps after five years as a co-founder of Floor64 where he produced the well-known business & technology blog, Techdirt, and created the crowdsourced thinktank, Insight Community. Prior to that, he spent seven years at mySimon, a division of CNET Networks. As Associate Vice President, Dennis was responsible for the overall management, operations, and development of the mySimon comparison shopping site. Dennis first cut his teeth at Andersen Consulting, and holds a B.S. from Cornell University, where he and Flip met while building a hybrid electric vehicle. Dennis authors his own personal blog, eponymously at dennisyang.com, and you can follow him on Twitter at @sinned.
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