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Inventing the Post-Web World
The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and
Web Services Conference

Washington, D.C. -- November 5-8, 2001
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Session

Bits about Bits - Bitzi and the Business of Metadata

Gordon Mohr, Founder and CTO, Bitzi Corporation

Track: Metadata/Search
Date: Wednesday, November 07
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Location: Thomas Boardroom

Radically decentralized and open peer-to-peer technologies create exciting new abundancies: abundancies which undermine old businesses and fuel new ones. Bitzi is a business designed from the start to be compatible with effortless, uncontrollable information sharing. Bitzi specializes in file metadata: collecting, reviewing, and distributing bits about bits.

Bitzi maintains a "community catalog" for any kind of digital file, accepting file descriptions -- both objective and subjective -- from the community at large. Peer-review, contributor rewards, and sponsored editorial processes ensure that over time, the catalog contents become increasingly accurate and useful.

Bitzi identifies files by a distinctive, nonproprietary digital fingerprint (or "bitprint"), but does not transmit, store, or locate files themselves. Individuals may legally and usefully describe copyrighted works in our directory, while Bitzi remains distant and uninvolved with any alleged copyright infringement.

As the steward of the most comprehensive, useful, and trusted catalog of file metadata, Bitzi will offer premium services to creators, distributors, and consumers of digital works:

  • Creators and publishers can use the Bitzi catalog to deliver accurate and persuasive information to audiences who are unreachable through any other channel.
  • Developers of peer-to-peer technologies can rely on the Bitzi catalog to help protect their users from mislabelled, substandard, damaged, sabotaged, or malicious content.
  • Other research, marketing, and certification services will use Bitzi's unique vantage point to extract clarity and context from the bewildering universe of available files.

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