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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Friday 3rd July, I’m aware that the slides I was asked to prepare and submit to the organisers last month are already out of date.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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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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Information Management: Evolution or Revolution?

Information Management: Evolution or Revolution?

What is the future for the Information Professional? ‘Big Data’, open data, linked data, data visualisation, social technology.  Data and information is coming at us from all directions and in a variety of formats. Are we managing all of this, or is it managing us? This presentation, recently given to the Information Management Directorate of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office is a small peak at a huge topic and is aimed at providing a broad perspective of the (information)…

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The 21st Century Knowledge & Information Professional

The 21st Century Knowledge & Information Professional

The volume of information continues to grow at an exponential rate; new tools, products and web services appear almost daily. Despite the recession, nothing seems to stem the tide of innovation. If anything, the economic climate has enabled companies to be even more radical in the way they create and use information. These are challenging times for the knowledge and information professional. We all need to be able to work smarter, acquiring and developing the skills to become more effective…

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Information Management in a Web 2.0 world

Information Management in a Web 2.0 world

I’ve given a few talks and presentations recently to various groups and departments from the UK public sector on the dichotomy between the traditional and highly structured information management (IM) disciplines and the almost anarchic environment that we refer to as ‘Web 2.0’.  I’m reasonably familiar with both sides of this equation having spent most of my life as an information management professional before turning to the dark side about seven years ago to embrace the world of knowledge management….

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Definitions for Information Management and Knowledge Management

Definitions for Information Management and Knowledge Management

With a background in both Information Management (IM) and Knowledge Management (KM) disciplines, I’m often asked how they relate to each other, and what we actually mean by “IM” and “KM”. Providing text book definitions does not help, because even these are clouded by jargon and tend to be verbose. I’ve therefore tried to construct a very simple definition for both IM and KM which also infers the relationship between them, as follows: Information Management: The structure, organisation, classification and…

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