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Product owners: the new face of digital publishing

A seminar at the London Book Fair (April 15th 2013) asked the question: how will publishing interact with technology in the future? Stephen Devlin, CTO of Macmillan, had the fascinating answer: via product owners. The product owner, is the person in the organisation who defines the demand for digital systems, and, intriguingly, is not only not a technical person, and would not be based in the technical area, but at the same time not an editor. Why not? Because editors can never finish things, can never let go (I hasten to add that this was Mr Devlin speaking, not me!).

More ontology definitions

Dean Allemang, co-author of the well-reviewed (and readable) Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist gave a very simple definition of "ontology" in a December 2012 presentation as a:

Sharable, modular piece of metadata, where "sharable" means referenceable from other places, "modular" means self-contained.

That reads pretty clearly to me, even if it refers to a single item within an ontology rather than the ontology as a whole.