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Trickle, Torrent, Flood? Directing the information flow

Working directly with news content can feel overwhelming due to the sheer quantity of information. As such, two recent (unrelated) conversations struck a chord when they imagined the abstract concept of information flow using ‘firefighting’ imagery*. Here I revisit some ideas about how information people - and content providers - act as intermediaries to help their end-users avoid the information deluge.

Topics: Current awareness Content management Data Knowledge management

What to do about all those GDPR emails

By now, you’ve probably received dozens of emails - from every company you’ve ever interacted with - either asking you to confirm that you’ve opted into receiving their emails (did you?) or just reiterating their privacy policy. I’ve personally received emails from an estate agency whose only contact with me previously was ignoring an email I sent them about a property in Chiswick two years ago.

Topics: Data Data protection GDPR Ethics Privacy Big Data

Librarians and privacy in the age of Cambridge Analytica

Have you deleted your Facebook account? Be honest. Have you even reviewed your privacy settings on any other social media site, let alone Facebook?

Topics: Data Data protection GDPR Ethics Privacy Big Data

Why GDPR is an opportunity for library & information professionals

One commentator recently noted that the fastest growing market at the moment is for personal information.1 Everybody wants to know everything and our reliance on being technologically connected means we are increasingly comfortable with making our private lives visible. And until now, the regulatory framework has struggled to protect the individual against a wholesale requirement of providing a discoverable trail of personal data.

Topics: Technology Data Data protection GDPR Ethics Privacy

Call for comment: What does Cambridge Analytica tell us about the importance of librarians?

By Clare Brown and Remy Maisel

Topics: Current awareness Data Company Announcements Team Vable Data protection GDPR

Are librarians and information professionals becoming Data Analysts?

We all know that to succeed at work one must be constantly innovating - keeping up with the latest technologies, aware of the freshest trends, and looking forward to what might be coming in the future. If we are not innovating we are stagnating.

Topics: Technology Current awareness Data Big Data

Harvard Law library & searchability

All the information in the world is of no use if it is not accessible. Search-ability is key to any well functioning knowledge program, and the Harvard Law Library agrees.

Topics: News Data Legaltech Artificial intelligence Big Data

Big Data and the library

As per Monday's post, this was the title of a SEALL session presented by Thomas Sneed and Christina Glon. I got the condensed version given by Thomas at the ALLA luncheon, but I recommend you see Christina's report on this experience in the AALL Spectrum: Faculty Scholarship Support. There is quite a bit going on in this story: big data research and management, but also communications, project management, internal education and more.

Topics: Event Collaboration AALL Data Research Communications

Farewell Yahoo Pipes

Numerous readers here have used it, and if you have used it you probably loved it. But it is time to say goodbye. As of September 30th of this year, Yahoo Pipes will no longer be accessible (as of August 30th it will be accessible as read-only).

Topics: Technology News Data

LMASE Conference

On October 16th and 17th I stepped in to Nashville to join the LMA South Eastern regional conference. That opened, by the way, with an Elvis concert. Which was an unexpected yet pleasant way to start the day.

Topics: Event LMA Data Big Data