[OKCon-Programme] Speaker from Google?

Sebastian Hellmann hellmann at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Fri Mar 25 07:37:19 GMT 2011

Hello all,
based on this discussion, I would say that inviting someone from Google 
will be interesting, but difficult to handle. The questions after 
keynote might be very critical, so the keynote speaker has to be 
prepared for that. Instead of a keynote, we could also have a podium 
discussion. The topic would be suitable and definitely not be lame. 
Google contributes something to all this and we might be able to clarify 
what's what in such discussion.

On 24.03.2011 22:51, Silke Helfrich wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> as far as we are clear about the fact that google has nothing to do with commons, and contextualize the invitation diplomatically, why not invite them?
> Google is simply business which provides open access (and therefore does better than others do), but it is a monopoly at the same time and there is no such thing as a monopoly-commons.
> Nevertheless, it may be an interesting bridge builder towards the world we are struggling for, because once there is open access (a basic feature of the knowledge commons) you can hardly step backward. And that is an interesting point to discuss as many others.
> Very best
> Silke
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
>> Datum: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:18:38 +0000
>> Von: Chris Taggart<countculture at gmail.com>
>> An: OKCon Programme Committee List<okcon-programme at lists.okfn.org>
>> Betreff: Re: [OKCon-Programme] Speaker from Google?
>> I have a bit of a prob with some of Google's stuff and its position on
>> open
>> data generally (i don't think it cares about it except insofar it helps
>> its
>> business goals/model.
>> That said I think Google Refine is excellent and being a tool rather than
>> a
>> data store doesn't have the problems mentioned above.
>> Just my 2c worth.
>> Chris
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>> On 24 Mar 2011 17:42, "Daniel Dietrich"<daniel.dietrich at okfn.org>  wrote:
>>> Dear all
>>> we are looking into the possibility to invite some one from Google to
>> OKCon
>>> Out of my head there are several Google Projects with relevance to OKCon
>> 2011 topics, such as:
>>> - Google Books http://books.google.com/
>>> - Google UNESCO World Heritage
>> http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/unesco/
>>> - Google Art http://www.googleartproject.com/
>>> - Google data liberation front http://www.dataliberation.org/
>>> - Google public data explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/home
>>> - Google open data toolkit http://code.google.com/p/opendatakit/
>>> - Google refine http://code.google.com/p/google-refine/
>>> But this is of corse very vague.
>>> If you have suggestions or could even point me to people involved in
>> these
>> projects this would be incredibly useful! Thanks
>>> Regards
>>> Daniel
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Dipl. Inf. Sebastian Hellmann
Department of Computer Science, University of Leipzig
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