And with the recently passed NYC Open Data Bill, things will only get more interesting fast (and we hope, Ontodia will have a role in further accelerating Open Data Innovation).
However, I’ve always had mixed feelings about the “Silicon Alley” moniker.
Everyone gets the reference – as in “Silicon Valley”, substituting Alley instead of Valley because of the urban setting. But I don’t know about you because when I play word association with “Alley”, the first word that comes to mind is “Dark”.
And “Silicon” also doesn’t make sense. All the big businesses that NYC is known for – Wall Street, Media, Advertising and now, tech startups, is all about Data, not semiconductors.
That’s what all the quants, media networks, and engineers are crunching, analyzing, slicing and dicing. Given this, maybe we should consider creating a new branding distinctly Big Apple and not play off “Silicon Valley”.
What sets NYC apart is its amazing cultural diversity, its position as the de facto Capital of the World, the Most Competitive City in the World. Isn’t it high time for NYC to create a brand uniquely its own? We have all the ad agencies here anyways? Maybe NYCEDC or Challengepost can even host a contest…
I personally would push for “Digital City of the Future” as emblazoned on the city’s Digital Roadmap, but it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue and a bit of a mouthful. What about “Data Central” as in Grand Central?
What do you think?