Sessions at OpenTech 2010 about Newspapers

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Saturday 11th September 2010

  • 4B: The Guardian's Open Strategy

    by Stephen Dunn

    The news industry is undergoing massive change. In particular traditional newspaper business models have been disrupted by the Internet. As Clay Shirky said: If the old model is broken, what will work in its place? To which the answer is: Nothing.... There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke". This is becoming an old story. But this year - news organisations are making their moves. Some are now adopting different models to try to survive - some are moving behind paywalls. The Guardian is taking a different, open approach. Last year we spoke at OpenTech about the beta of our Open Platform. In this talk we'll cover how the Guardian's open strategy has moved on and grown - our open strategy is much more than having a technology platform - it is a strategy being adopted across the organisation, from editorial to commercial depts. I'll illustrate how being open has changed the way we do things, and explain how our technology platform is having to evolve to work with these changes. (this is a double header: also in the same session - Francis Rhys-Jones of the Guardian gives an in depth view of the technology we are using to do this)

    Also in this slot:

    Open Platform: How it works - Francis Rhys-Jones

    At 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Saturday 11th September

  • 5B: Making newspapers out of newspapers and the new serendipity

    by Chris Thorpe

    Newspapers are awesome. They're basically daily bundles of full of things you never knew you wanted to know about. How do we make new things which do the same sort of thing?


    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 11th September

    Coverage slide deck

  • 5B: Today's Guardian

    by Phil Gyford

    Why are news sites less easy to read than newspapers? Browsing a newspaper is so easy that we'll often pick up any old discarded newspaper and flick through, reading a few stories. By contrast, reading a newspaper's-worth of news on a website would be a chore. How can we make sites that are as easy to browse and read as print newspapers? What problems do we need to solve? Why do all news websites work against their customers' desire to read the news? The Today's Guardian website uses the Open Platform API to make the news easy to read again.

    Also in this slot:

    Not evenly distributed - Gavin Bell

    Making newspapers out of newspapers and the new serendipity - Chris Thorpe

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 11th September

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