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Data & Information Design

Data & Information Design

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to find Giorgi Lupi. Fortunately, serendipity came to my aid and I stumbled across her almost by accident. And what a find! Anyone who does anything with data and information should read her postings, starting with this one: https://medium.com/@giorgialupi/data-humanism-the-revolution-will-be-visual… I’ve picked out a few nuggets: Embrace complexity. What made cheap marketing infographics so popular is probably their biggest contradiction: the false claim that a couple of pictograms and a few big…

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Organisational Knowledge in a Machine Intelligence era

Organisational Knowledge in a Machine Intelligence era

A preamble to the KIN Winter Workshop 2016, 7th December 2016. According to Narrative Science, 62 per cent of organisations will be using Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2018. If you asked most people when they last encountered something that used artificial intelligence, they’d probably conjure up a mental image of robots, and might be hard pressed to think of something in everyday use. Machine intelligence and machine learning – the new synonyms for “artificial intelligence” – are on the rise…

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Connecting Knowledge Communities: Approaches to Professional Development

Connecting Knowledge Communities: Approaches to Professional Development

From the NetIKX website, details of the next NetIKX Seminar on 21st September. A year ago, NetIKX, with the cooperation of a number of other organisations in the field of knowledge and information management, ran a meeting called “Connecting Knowledge Communities”, at which representatives of a number of professional membership  organisations, including NetIKX , talked about their membership, their focus and their mode of operation. The organisations were: Henley Forum for Organisational Learning & Knowledge Strategies, the Knowledge and Innovation…

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Connecting Knowledge Communities

Connecting Knowledge Communities

The forthcoming NetIKX event “Connecting Knowledge Communities“, scheduled for Wednesday 23rd September, is shaping up to be one of those ‘must attend’ events for anyone who is confused (or bemused) at the plethora of different groups and communities dedicated to the support of knowledge and information professionals. To quote an abstract from the event promotion: If you want to consider how membership organisations work and gather ideas and tips for your personal networking, this will be a good meeting to…

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Content Curation Needs Humans After All!

Content Curation Needs Humans After All!

As I ponder my forthcoming session on the topic of “Content Curation” at the CILIP Conference in Liverpool this Friday 3rd July, I’m aware that the slides I was asked to prepare and submit to the organisers last month are already out of date. Unsurprising I guess given the rapidly changing business environment that underpins this discipline.  My notes did include mention of the emergent growth of fully automated content curation tools and platforms, and the inherent problems (as I…

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Wider Horizons For Information Audit

Wider Horizons For Information Audit

It’s a paradox of our time that the more information that organisations create or consume, the less they understand it. Specifically, most organisations don’t know what information they’ve got, where it came from, where it is stored, who owns it, how good it is (in terms of accuracy and relevance), and perhaps most importantly, what value it may have, if any. More often than not it’s only when there has been an unauthorised leakage of information, or when wrong information…

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Content Curation Primer

Content Curation Primer

The Internet is a wonderful invention. We can find out almost anything we need to know, from cures for rashes to what’s on at the local cinema to the recipe for chocolate cake. We’ve come to expect that whatever we need to know, someone somewhere will have made it available on the Internet. Better still, with the revolution in mobile technology, we have access to this information more or less at any time, any place and on any device. We…

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Making The Most Of Online Information 2013

Making The Most Of Online Information 2013

The countdown to this year’s Online Information Conference has begun, and with an anticipated 400 delegates from over 35 countries, and a line-up if internationally renowned keynote speakers, it promises to maintain the benchmark it has set for itself in becoming the year’s premier event for information professionals.

Is Social Media Making Us Less Social?

Is Social Media Making Us Less Social?

We are increasingly being flooded – bombarded even – by news and information from an ever-increasing number of social media channels. Increasingly, news is coming to us through our friend and interest networks, via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and LinkedIn especially. Our cognitive powers in making sense of it, finding the signal within the noise, have never been more challenged. Some people talk of information anywhere, anytime, but in fact, isn’t it more a case of information everywhere all the time?…

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Email is dead: Long live email!

Email is dead: Long live email!

Am I the only sceptic that is prepared to challenge the “great myth” that email is the root cause of worker inefficiency and the blight of our 21st century lives? Perhaps this seems odd coming from someone who is an advocate for social technology as an enabler for more effective sharing and collaboration.