Professor Gary Marchionini made a number of interesting remarks in his guest of honour talk at the biannual LIDA conference in Zadar. Marchionini made some remarks on the future role of libraries as institutions collecting people. By collecting people he referred to managing and helping to curate our personal data, information and cyber identity.
The theme of this year's LIDA conference is evaluation. At the moment, when the conference is still going on, it is possible to say that the variety of papers on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation has been interesting.
The first preliminary observations on the archiving archaeology study of ARKDIS project have been published on the ARKDIS project blog.
I just bumped into another review of my book Information services and digital literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing (Chandos, 2012) I had somehow missed earlier in the Journal of Information Literacy. Jane Mansfield makes sharp remarks on the book and notes, for instance, that
I was following this morning at iConference in Berlin an interesting panel on failure in information and technology. Patrick Keilty, Lilly Nguyen Nguyen, Leah Lievrouw and Colin Doty were discussing failures and their origins and to whom there are ascribed. Leah Lievrouw started the panel by discussing Big Data and its posited outcomes and their relation to reductionism and systems theory.
A new article by me and my colleagues Stefan Ek and Gunilla Widén is out in the Journal of Information Science.
Business press is going crazy about big data. But so are many companies that are sitting on it. Lauren Silva Laughlin recommends investors to buy big data companies in Fortune. She refers to McKinsey figures that 15 out of 17 US sectors have more "data" than the Library of Congress, and retailer that "understands its information" can push operating margins up by 60%.