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June 17, 2015

Event Report

Infomedians Come Together at Information Energy 2015 in Utrecht

Johanna Weitensteiner

'Content as a service – turn data into information and information into knowledge' was the main topic of Information Energy 2015. The conference took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 3-4, hosted for the first time by tcworld. The conference program covered topics such as user experience, enterprise content and big data, structured content intelligence, and e-learning.

The first day of this two-day event was a conference day with international speakers and visitors. After an introduction by Wim Hooghwinkel, the program manager of Information Energy 2015, Joe Gollner (Gnostyx Research Inc.), presented his keynote on Integrated Content Management.
He talked about different silos within the content management industry, and how organizations can integrate their content assets and processes to create integrated services based on those assets.

On the Agenda: Enterprise Information Management, Information Design and Renewal in Educational Content

After the forum, the participants, who came mostly from the Netherlands and the surrounding countries, had a choice of three parallel sessions – Enterprise Information Management, Information Design and Renewal in Educational Content.

The track on Enterprise Information Management offered new insights on how to get in control of big data and how to obtain information, for example, by using easy visualization. 

Information Design focused more on using DITA and on the implementation of service design. Renewal in Educational Content was the generic term for interesting presentations on effective learning methods by using Open Educational Content. There were also examples on how to use games for didactics.

At the Infomedian Arena

The Infomedian Arena was located in the auditorium of the beautiful old university hall– an open stage for infomedians to come together and share, create and discuss knowledge and ideas. All participants were invited to participate and ask further questions.

After Jan Graat’s talk about the Content Era, Wim Hooghwinkel presented the Infomedian of the Year Award, which went to a very committed Infomedian.

The conference day ended with an Infomedians Dinner in a restaurant in the historic center of Utrecht.

Second Conference Day: Tools Day

During the second day, Tools Day, solution providers presented their new tools in forums and interactive sessions, in which attendees were invited to participate. Tools Day was a great way to achieve a deeper understanding of certain tools and to continue networking.

The participants were able to take part in interactive workshops, where they had the opportunity to exchange their ideas and enhance their knowledge.