WRAPUP: “From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information"
An action congress for trust, identity and Internet information commerce serving newspapers and beyond
June 23-25, 2010 / Reynolds Journalism Institute / Columbia, Mo.
- Direct links to audio topics: ANDAC -- state newspaper association initiative . . . Building revenue . . . Newspapers Matter Project . . . antitrust and collective action . . . The AP initiatives . . . RJI research options . . . Pricing research study . . . Digital Publishing Alliance . . ANDAC origins . . . What is CircLabs Corp.? . . . What is InfoTrust? . . . Tech tools . . . Five-minutes about InfoValet.
- Three-minute video excerpts
- Full-stream archives: Day 1 (Thurs.), video archive, part one / Day 1 Thurs.) video archive, part two) / Day 2 (Fri.), video archive, part one / Day 2 (Fri.), event wrapup
In December, 2008, some 60 people gathered on the American prairie and set out to describe a blueprint for a new information economy that would be based upon trust, identity and commerce. Now, on June 24, at that same prairie meeting spot, some of them are starting to build it.
On June 23-25, 2010 another 45 founders, architects and builders took the next step at “From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information" at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.
Read the case for action in behalf of newspapers SPEECH by Bill Monroe, Feb. 4, 2010
WHAT WE DID
This was not a conference, or a summit. It was a congress, of news and information service providers -- organized by U.S. state press associations and the Reynolds Institute, an ideas-experiments-research center affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism, the nation’s oldest and near-largest. In this ultra-fast-moving information ecosystem, we had two intentions:
- Consider establishing a non-profit collaborative that will specify standards, platforms and protocols for a digital information marketplace; supporting investment and partnering with operating companies and,
- Define and start raising money for an operating company or association that answers to, and primarily serves and benefits, all America's newspapers -- and is focused on profitably sharing, protecting and managing their digital content.
Over three days we:
- Heard and commented on the June 24 first-public unveiling of a business plan for a news-industry hub for sharing users, information and commerce. The American Newspaper Digital Access Corp. (ANDAC) will solve current problems for newspapers. It’s the inspiration of the Multistate Digital Task Force -- a seed group of publishers from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
- Helped frame ideas for the structure, governance and mission of a protytpe Information Trust Association (ITA) a facilitator of trust, identity and information commerce on the Internet and mobile networks.
- Shared ideas with some of the brightest minds in Internet law, copyright, technology, social networking, commerce, government and advertising about the ITA’s value, roles and limits, and how it will support enterprises like ANDAC.
- Joined ad-hoc break-out sessions aimed at fostering ideas, experiments and solutions with the potential to sustain the values, principles and purposes of journalism in new or legacy forms.
- Shared unstructured break time for ad-hoc collaboration in one of the many meeting rooms at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, or at one of the many restaurants and nightspots adjacent to campus.
WHO WAS INVITED
Among people most likely to benefit from participating were: State press association directors, newspaper and other media and telecom executives, producers, journalists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, technologists, public-policy activists, bankers and – citizens! “From Blueprint to Building: Making the Market for Digital Information,” is a public event. All discussions will be “on the record.” / (A WORD ABOUT VENDORS.)
The Information Trust Association and the new American Newspaper Digital Access Corp. are both likely to be guided by boards broadly representative of their constituencies. If you are ready to be considered for service, you should join us in Missouri.
WHERE WE MET
We'll met in the two-year-old, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Since its dedication in Sept. 2008, "RJI" has become a sought-after venue for meetings on the cutting-edge of journalism research and innovation. / (view more photos)
FINDING MORE INFORMATION
Bookmark http://www.infotrust.org to check for updates in the progress of ANDAC and the Information Trust Association. You can submit a resource for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IT COST / LODGING . . .
Our core meeting spaces are designed for a maximum of 80 people and we’ll take them first-come basis until we’re full to capacity. Our hotel partner was the two-year-old Hampton Inn (Fellows Place), adjacent to campus. "From Blueprint to Build" has a block of rooms reserved through June 10 at a special rate of $99/night, including a hot buffet breakfast.
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia
(at the University of Missouri)
1225 Fellows Place
Columbia, Missouri 65201
. . . or you can choose from this list of other hotels.
- AIR TRAVEL -- Three airports serve Columbia. Both Kansas City (MCI) and St. Louis (STL) are mini-hubs for Southwest Airlines and they are served by the other major and regional carriers. In addition, Delta Air Lines regional jets serve the Columbia Regional Airport (COU), 10 minutes from campus, with three non-stop regional-jet flights per day to Delta’s Memphis hub.
- GROUND TRANSIT -- Columbia is in the middle of Missouri with Kansas City and St. Louis at either end. It’s a a hassle-free drive on Interstate 70 east from MCI (2.25 hours) or west from STL (1.75 hours) to Columbia via rental car or aboard the MoeXpress van shuttle service. You will need to make a pre-paid reservation with MoeXpress.
- CAR RENTAL -- All the major car-rental agencies operation from MCI and STL. Avis has a local franchise in Columbia, which may facilitate one-way rentals from either airport. To consult on this option, call the Columbia office directly at (573) 442-6945.