How to Create and Deliver Intelligent Information

We are in the final spurt of our exciting interview series “Five Questions for…”. With information and reading pleasure we are heading for the final. 

What motivates the iiRDS consortium members to engage for the new standard? What visions do they have for the standard for intelligent delivery of user information? How are companies preparing for the upheaval of Industrie 4.0? These questions motivate us to conduct our interviews. Today’s interview partners are Philipp Tschöke and Jan Oevermann…

Philipp Tschöke
Consultant, ICMS GmbH

Philipp Tschöke is working as a content management consultant for ICMS since 2013. He keeps contact with the academic world through teaching assignments at the Hochschule Karlsruhe and via his role as delegate for ICMS in the iiRDS Consortium.

Jan Oevermann
Team Leader, ICMS GmbH

Jan Oevermann, team manager at ICMS and guest researcher at the German Research Center for Artifical Intelligence (DFKI), contributes to iiRDS since its inception in 2016 and is a member of the steering committee.

  1. As the iiRDS Consortium was founded for the further development of the standard, what was the motivation for you and your company to join?

At ICMS, we deal with information management as well as with classification and metadata concepts – as these are exactly the questions iiRDS wants to answer, a membership in the iiRDS Consortium was an obvious choice. Due to our participation in the initial working group for iiRDS 1.0, we were able to gain a wide range of experience, which we of course now want to use for further development. As a consulting company, it is an advantage for us if system manufacturers rely on one standard. The use of a common metadata model eases our work by not having to deal with many individual input formats.

  1. The roadmap contains numerous plans and ideas: what are you most hoping for from the Consortium?

The Consortium benefits from a diverse range of knowledge from various fields. We are convinced that the accumulated experience of system manufacturers, industry, service and consulting companies will lead to the best possible result: to a standard that works across systems, that fits methodically, and that is tailored to the individual requirements of companies.

  1. What are you looking forward to in the internal work of the Consortium?

Jan Oevermann: Participation in the Steering Committee of the Consortium is a particularly exciting part for me, as it sets the course for the future and plans the next steps. The task is to create a stable foundation for the Consortium and to professionalize the previous work on iiRDS that was carried out in a rather informal working group before – I am very much looking forward to this challenge.

Philipp Tschöke: Unlike my colleague, who already worked in the initial working group, I joined when the Consortium started. I am therefore particularly interested in developing a practical example with the working group so that future users can see how iiRDS works in practice.

  1. Which practical implementations do you see for using iiRDS in your company – now and in the future?

The standard makes life easier, because not every company has to define its own company-specific “standard”. From our company’s point of view, it is therefore our goal to continue to build up expert knowledge through extensive participation in the Consortium and to pass this on to our customers. In this way, our customers are already well prepared for the future and for the implementation of iiRDS across manufacturers and industries.

  1. Where do you see iiRDS three years from now?

We hope that many or even all of the system manufacturers will move in the same direction and rely on iiRDS for their data exchange. We also hope that in three years iiRDS will not only be understandable to the general public, but that it will also be used as a given, and that many systems will already apply the standard as a default.

Thanks a lot, Philipp Tschöke and Jan Oevermann! 


What exactly is iiRDS? You can find all basic information clearly explained here.


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Lisa Mümmler

Onlineredakteurin & Bloggerin at tekom
Lisa Mümmler studied German language and literature and philosophy at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. She is a passionate online editor, social media manager and blogger. Since October 2018 she has been supporting tekom's marketing team, including the iiBlog.

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