21st July, 2012

Quotable Quotes

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:01 pm

It started with a tweet from Tim O’Reilly. He mentioned a quote that I’m very familiar with – “Data matures like wine, applications like fish”. When I read it I wondered if it was anything to do with. His tweet linked to a blog post called the 11 best data quotes from the DataMarket blog. On that list (which I highly recommend reading) the quote was tentatively attributed to me based on a write up of my 2009 OSDC presentation entitled “Change Bad!”.

I’d like to take the credit for this, I really would. But I can’t. I did feature it on the 9th slide of my presentation but I didn’t write it. The problem is that I can’t remember where I first read it. Normally I put a reference in at least my notes so that I know which giant’s shoulders I am standing on but I’ve rummaged around in various hard drives and back ups and can’t find any reference. Which is a shame because it is a great quote – not least because it is very true. If anyone does know the real origin of the phrase please do leave a comment and I’ll put proper attribution in my slides.

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The good news is that it has prompted me to clean up and re-publish the papers and slide from various presentations that I have given. I’ve put up a new index page for my presentations and checked and uploaded the correct versions of all of the files.

UPDATE: thanks to A C Censi in the comments the original quote was from James Governor’s Monkchips –
Why Applications Are Like Fish and Data is Like Wine

6 Comments

  1. A variation of it is cited in:
    http://mrinfrastructure.com/future-of-it/why-information-is-like-cognac
    2011, so it can be based on your previous citation.

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:03 am

  2. A variation of it is cited in:
    http://mrinfrastructure.com/future-of-it/why-information-is-like-cognac
    2011, so it can be based on your previous citation.

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:03 am

  3. Another reference related to the first:

    Data ages like wine, applications age like fish” – credit to Stephen Dunn from the Guardian who in turn took it from James Governor

    In

    http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/7669-brand-everywhere-the-next-big-thing-in-digital-marketing

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:27 am

  4. Another reference related to the first:

    Data ages like wine, applications age like fish” – credit to Stephen Dunn from the Guardian who in turn took it from James Governor

    In

    http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/7669-brand-everywhere-the-next-big-thing-in-digital-marketing

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:27 am

  5. The track was good, original one is from James Governor in
    http://redmonk.com/jgovernor/2007/04/05/why-applications-are-like-fish-and-data-is-like-wine/

    Date: By jgovernor
    — April 5, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:35 am

  6. The track was good, original one is from James Governor in
    http://redmonk.com/jgovernor/2007/04/05/why-applications-are-like-fish-and-data-is-like-wine/

    Date: By jgovernor
    — April 5, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Comment by A C Censi — 22/07/2012 @ 7:35 am

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