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Recorded Webinar: The opportunities and challenges of open source symbology

20 October 2016

Open source symbology initiatives that offer free access to unique identifiers designed to help financial institutions manage information from financial instruments to events and people are emerging in capital markets. Their aim is to overcome the complexity of managing multiple vendor and proprietary identifiers, and deliver a single open identifier set that can simplify data management, improve data aggregation, eliminate redundant mapping processes and reduce operational risk. The theory is sound, but what are the practicalities of implementing open source symbology and how widely is it being adopted?

Listen to the webinar to learn more about:

  • Open symbology initiatives
  • Emerging open identifiers
  • Operational benefits
  • Implementation challenges
  • Future development


Richard C Robinson Chief Strategist for Open Data and Standards
John Eliseo Global Head of Content Modeling
Thomson Reuters
Moderator: Sarah Underwood Editor
A-Team Group

More about our speakers:

Richard C Robinson

Chief Strategist for Open Data and Standards


Richard is currently Chief Strategist for Open Data and Standards at Bloomberg.  With over 30 years in the industry, he has worked throughout the front, mid and back offices at leading global custodian banks, brokerages, and industry utilities, leading transformative projects in data, operations workflow, and messaging.

Richard has chaired numerous international standards and industry groups in data and messaging standards, and is currently 2nd Vice Chair of ISITC, and member of the Board.  He is a published author and regarded data expert, speaking globally on data management and standards. He holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.

John Eliseo

Global Head of Content Modeling

Thomson Reuters

John Eliseo is head of the Metadata Management Group within the Content Marketplace Group. John leads the team responsible for metadata assets including the Thomson Reuters Classification Scheme, the master taxonomy for classifying content and the Data Item Registry, a metadata registry of all Thomson Reuters content sets. John also participates in defining and implementing the company’s information architecture strategy, which is known as Content Marketplace.

John has held many positions during his 21 year career at Thomson Reuters including product management, product development, data access services and architecture serving the needs of the Investment Management community. John received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Dallas.

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