Understanding Our Digital Universe: Unleashing Natural Forces

  • 2009-12-03

Our Digital Universe and its potential for our world raises the challenge to inspire the principles of Web Science to work across relevant disciplines

Die Business Informatics Group lädt gemeinsam mit der Österreichischen Computer Gesellschaft ein.


This is a remarkable time in human history. Our real world is rapidly becoming digital and our digital worlds are rapidly becoming real. Ubiquitous digital worlds such as online shopping and auctions, stock and equity trading systems, electronic banking, social networks, and the e-‘s (e-government, e-health, e-commerce, e-business) contribute to our rapidly expanding Digital Universe that is as fascinating in the 21st Century as the physical universe was in the 20th Century. Digital worlds have an enormous, and far from understood, impact on our real world and vice versa. The growth, adoption, and power of these digital worlds and the amazing opportunities and threats that they offer suggest a forthcoming Digital Industrial Revolution. The Digital Industrial Revolution, accelerated by the Web, will have far reaching effect, as did the Industrial Revolution, accelerated by printing press. Both revolutions unleashed natural social, economic, and political forces and both flattened the world through transparency and openness. But the Digital Industrial revolution, because of the phenomena surrounding the Web and its interactions with society, is occurring at lightning speed with profound impacts on society, the economy, politics, and more. The emergence of our Digital Universe and its impact on and potential for our world raises the challenge to aspire to the principles of Web Science to work collaboratively across relevant disciplines to create digital worlds that contribute to improving our world.


Dr. Michael L. Brodie is Chief Scientist of Verizon Services Operations in Verizon Communications, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services. Dr. Brodie works on strategic Information Technology opportunities and challenges to deliver business value from emerging technologies and practices in large-scale, distributed operational environments. He is concerned with the Big Picture including business, economic, application, and technical aspects of information systems, core technologies, and integration; and has an active interest in Web Sciences and the Semantic Web. Dr. Brodie holds a PhD in Databases from the University of Toronto and has authored over 150 books, chapters, and articles and has presented over 150 keynotes or invited lectures in over 30 countries. Dr. Brodie is an Adjunct Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway (2006-present). He is an Adjunct Research Fellow, Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institute (DEBII) at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia (January 2009-present). He chairs three Advisory Boards – Semantic Technology Institutes International, Vienna, Austria (January 2007 – present); Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland (2003-present); Semantic Technology Institute, Innsbrück, Austria (2003-present); Web Science Champion for the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), and is a member of several advisory boards - The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (2007 – present); School of Computer and Communication Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2001 – present); European Union’s Information Society Technologies 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework Programmes (2003-present); is a reviewer for the European Research Council, an advisor to several European and Asian research projects; and on the editorial board of several research journals. Dr. Brodie was a member of the United States of America National Academies Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and other National Goals, co-chaired by Dr. Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and Dr. William Perry, former US Secretary of Defense, and commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the VLDB (Very Large Databases) Endowment (1992 - 2004) and Client Advisory Board, Forrester Research, Inc.(2006-2008).

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