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Activate 2009 – Part 1

Alex Christie

2 July 2009

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Activate 2009 is the first exclusive one-day summit providing a unique gathering of leaders working across all sectors of industry.

The main objective – to get a discussion started (right now) sharing, debating and creating strategies for answering some of the world’s biggest questions.

Due to Activate 2009 being so rich in discussion and prognosis I’ve decided to release this blog in two parts.
The global data space is beginning to take shape
One of the key themes throughout Activate 2009 was the use of data for example, should raw data be made available for public consumption?Should the government be making data available (apart from personal data, of course), how can we use data, should data be shared and who really owns data?

A recent paper co-written by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of www) states that in the last 3 years the Web has evolved from a global information space of linked documents to one where both documents and data are linked. Nigel Shadbolt, professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of endorsed this prediction and themed his presentation around data services such as DBpedia and the concept of Linked Data.

DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia, and to link other data sets on the Web to Wikipedia data.The term Linked Data refers to a set of best practices for publishing and connecting structured data on the Web.

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post pointed out that producing just raw data and putting it out there does not tell a story. Her recommendation – make all data viral and interesting to your audience.

Geographical data seemed to be one of the most popular types of data. This is a perfect entrance for Ordnance Survey who are backing a new venture called GeoVation.

GeoVation

GeoVation is a brand new social community portal where you can meet and share your ideas for digital mapping with like minded community.

GeoVation is set to encourage and support innovation for economic and social benefit through the use of geography. By providing free access to Ordnance Survey data and resources you are given the opportunity to create and develop your own innovative ideas.

I spoke to Chris Parker, a ‘GeoVation Champion’ who told me how excited they are having provided Ordnance Survey Geodata through their OS OpenSpace and demonstrated how you could compare CO2 across the UK and identify how green your city is, surprising London has one of the lowest carbon footprints.

There was a tremendous focus at Activate 2009 on climate change and carbon foot print, particularly with new government legislation being brought in next year.

Carbon reduction commitment (CRC)

Large private and public sector organisations will need to be aware of the Carbon reduction commitment which starts in April 2010. This states that ‘If your organisation’s half hourly metered electricity use was above 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2008 you will have to participate fully in the CRC’.

This sounds like it’s an opt in.

Amazon’s latest

Werner Vogels CTO of Amazon showed examples of how the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) cloud computing solution S3, is allowing the rapid growth of online services and tipped social gaming as a rapidly growing market to take note of.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

With the pay-as-you-use cloud computing services you can jump from a 5 to 500 server infrastructure in less than a week, this makes enterprise solutions accessible to individuals as well as large organisations.

Pet Society

Pet Society
one of the leading social games hosted on Facebook has grown to 11 million users in less than a year since it’s beta launch in August 2008.

In Part 2

Social media and President Barack Obama

Education (+Technology) = Hope

The new one-to-many digital personal organization sharing service

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