Posted December 14, 2009
Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text, believes that Canada can be a leader in the global digital content marketplace but to do so we need to move quickly and with resolve. At one point in his December 3 presentation to the ITAC Board of Governors’ Dinner, he showed a global map illustrating the eight jurisdictions (including France, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico) that have already made substantial and explicit investments in national digital content strategies. Clearly Canada has some catching up to do. One way to launch this leadership campaign , he said, is to support the Canada Project which would digitize Canada’s rich heritage of books, newspapers, serials, theses, songs, films, maps and images. In the process of completing this huge task we would build an industry around our capacity to manipulate, store, package and carry this content. Tom estimates this project would require at least $1billion in investment.