The web is increasingly a web of databases. The amount of data is increasing exponentially. And, Freeman Dyson writes, it is up to us “to create islands or meaning in the sea of information”.
Since you could always wake him up to think of and build an application or visualization based on a beautiful dataset, a few years ago Menno den Engelse thought that would be a good motto for a new company. New data sets became available daily, often under an open license.
Now that we are a few years later, the enthusiasm is still great, but the attention has shifted. Instead of those “meaningful islands”, Menno is increasingly concerned with that “sea of information”. After all, it could be better, cleaner, more connected and more structured, and I would like to help with that. So that we can all make those islands.