Leading international thinkers to discuss the application of Web 2.0 at Online Information Conference

The concept of Web 2.0 is now mainstream but the reality presents numerous challenges and opportunities to the individual and the organisation. 

At the Online Information Conference 2007 (4 - 6 December, Olympia, London) over 100 leading industry experts will debate and discuss the Conference theme: Applying Web 2.0: Innovation, Impact and Implementation. 

This major industry gathering is offering delegates the chance to review the latest international thinking and debate on Web 2.0, hear how it is affecting organisations, and discover new business models that have developed as a result of Web 2.0.  As keynote speaker Roo Reynolds, Metaverse Evangelist for IBM explains, I think we're getting to the stage where most people understand what Web 2.0 is.  With the theme for the Online Information Conference 2007 being "Applying Web 2.0 I'm hoping people will come with open minds and a desire to apply the concepts of social software in their own organisation.

The Online Information Conference has been designed to give delegates the flexibility to select key sessions which are most relevant to their needs and interests.  The ultimate aim of all the speakers will be to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the issues being addressed and how the indivdual and their organisation can utilise and benefit from the new technologies and systems. Praising the diversity of the programme, Giovanni Piazza of Ernst & Young said, for the technology and information professional, Online Information has packed a plethora of great options into the schedule. As businesses begin considering how to apply social networking tools to our environment, I am looking forward to hearing from esteemed leaders in this field such as Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Euan Semple, and Roo Reynolds. On the search front, interacting with Chris Sherman, Stephen Arnold, and Amelia Kassel will prove to be invaluable.

The Conference runs over three days, 4 - 6 December, with each day divided into three clear tracks as follows:

Opening the Conference on Tuesday 4 December is Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and Wikia who will deliver an important address examining Web 2.0 in action: free culture and community on the move.                                                                                              

On the first day, track one examines The Challenges of 2.0.  Euan Semple, Independent Advisor on social computing for business will explore how the advent of social computing tools are challenging conventional management.

Track 2 will look at latest developments in Information Search and Discovery. Greg R. Notess, Author of Teaching Web Search Skills: Techniques and Strategies of Top Trainers and Professor at Montana State University will examine how the searcher can take advantage of the features, databases and services from major search engines.

On all three days track three delves into Library and Publishing Developments.  Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation for SirsiDynix, President 2008 of the Special Libraries Association and past-President of the Canadian Library Association will outline a vision for Library 2.0 - what it is and what it will entail to get there.

On Wednesday 5 December Track 1 takes a look at Connecting Users and Harnessing Collective Intelligence. David Gurteen, Independent Knowledge Educator and Founder of Gurteen Knowledge will explore the emergence of KM (Knowledge Management) 2.0 and ask whether there is a resurgence of KM around a social model.  David says, I am delighted to be a track keynote speaker this year on the theme of "The new age of Knowledge Management: Cafes and Communities" where I will be making the point that Knowledge Management at its best is a social phenomenon and Social Tools bring a fresh breath of live to KM.

Track 2 will help you gain a better understanding of how new technologies can assist with  improved information delivery. Tristan Nitot, Founder and President of Mozilla Europe will talk about how the fastest growing browser, Mozilla Firefox, has been developed by a community of users using agile development methods.  Tristan has strong views on how users should be utilising technology, he says, Mozilla's success relies on the Open Source principle and a broad development community that enable us to build easy-to-use products like the Firefox Web browser. In line with our open approach we want to share our methodology on how to build a popular product based on contributions by thousands of community members.  It is exciting to be speaking at the Online Information event, as we will be able to share the Mozilla story with the enthusiastic and influential web community.
Latest developments in library and Publishing comes under the spotlight in track three with Jan Palmen, Vice President, Publishing Practice at Innodata Isogen, examining the current state of play with e-books and revenue models for publishers.
For the final day of the Conference Track 1 becomes Understanding Users and Their Needs. Roo Reynolds, Metaverse Evangelist for IBM will share how corporations are already embracing virtual worlds such as Second Life, including real examples of what does and doesnt work, as well as discussing the bigger opportunities for business.

Track 2 turns to the subject of Managing Enterprise Information. Giovanni Piazza, Global Director of KnowledgeWeb (Intranet) Programme, Ernst & Young will discuss how, enabled by usability efforts, Ernst & Young has begun a journey to provide the right advanced capabilities within a search tool.  Giovanni explains, I am very honoured to be able to speak at Online Information and share Ernst & Young experiences and lessons learned from our journey of developing and evolving our search capabilities for a corporate environment. It is my hope that other organisations will take away some tips on what to do and what not to do within their environments.

In the Library and Publishing Developments track Gunnar Sahlin, Head of the National Library in Sweden, will present an inspiring address offering ideas on how delegates can take the lead in their library.

The Online Information Conference runs alongside the Online Information Exhibition, which is the worlds no 1 event for the online content and information management solutions and Information Management Solutions (IMS) the new event for business, information and IT leaders needing to drive business performance through effective information management. Over 250 exhibitors will be presenting the latest information content resources and information management solutions. Delegates can meet the leading suppliers, learn the latest in information management skills at one of the free educational sessions, attend career development sessions and investigate whats happening in the world of e-publishing. 


For a full list of prices and to book your place visit:  www.online-information.co.uk/conference.

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