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Oddments at the end of IIS 2007

“Have you had a good conference?” people ask, and I can answer with a resounding ‘yes.’ I have met so many people, seen people who now seem like old friends (though I didn’t know anyone at SIIA a year ago), and got a load of ideas for how we can develop our business. And the best is still ahead: a great meal with a couple of colleagues in what has become a post-conference ritual (obsessed foodies have a way of finding one another, even in a tech crowd).

I’ve been asked by Ed Keating, vice president of the Content Division of SIIA, to present a strategy for adding forums to our member offerings at tomorrow’s board meeting. After two days of hearing about community and interactivity, I guess we ought to be looking at social media broadly, trying things out, and providing some leadership as an organization.

My friend Lucy Hooberman just sent a post about conference blogging that’s a little embarrassing. I haven’t succumbed to the disease of blogging instead of talking to people, but I can see how it happens. Davos is very much on people’s minds, too. I think two of today’s speakers were just back from there, and I know at least one other person who was there, whom I’m meeting in two weeks about our Sustainability Project.

For serious reporting on this particular conference, Information Industry Summit 2007, the man to turn to is John Blossom, who has turned his copious compulsive notetaking into marathon informative blogging, session by session. Good stuff, and great value considering that you can learn a lot that we did without leaving your own office!
There’s one subject that didn’t get aired at all, as it would have at many other business conferences as well as events like Davos: corporate social responsibility. I really believe that publishers, and technologists, can be a powerful force for good, so I’ll be trying to move this onto our agenda.

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