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More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal

More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In the past few months, LJ has looked at how libraries of all kinds can improve the way they serve their patrons by gathering better data on what their communities want and need. 

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“Librarians need to be gathering data on the people who are not coming into libraries,” says Gary Price, editor of infoDOCKET.

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Using data to drive decisions about what programming to offer and where to spend resources isn’t just for big regional players. With numerous assets available for free or little cost and requiring little special training or technical expertise, the knowledge librarians need to make big changes in small communities is already largely at their disposal. And while being able to access those statistics and make the most of them are two different things, if any field is prepared to do its own dirty work in discerning what complicated information means and how best to put it to use, it is librarianship."

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Practical suggestions on how to collect data about the library community!

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Placements & Salaries 2013: The Emerging Databrarian - Library Journal

Placements & Salaries 2013: The Emerging Databrarian - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The real achievements for the 2012 library and information science graduating class came in the form of emerging jobs and new responsibilities, according to the approximately 1,900 graduates who responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries survey, representing 30.7 percent of the 2012 graduates from the 41 participating programs.

Several new job titles appeared among the survey responses, including emerging technologies librarian, e-learning and distance learning librarian, and e-lending librarian. Social media manager and project manager were also among the popular job titles, and individuals who found positions in academic institutions were as likely to be instructional designers and user experience designers as they were to be reference librarians."

By Stephanie L. Maatta

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Interesting job titles and functions for new librarians!

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Annemarijs's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Zoals bij Big Data de functie van data-analysten sterk groeiende en invloedrijker wordt, is dat ook bij data-bibliothecarissen of data-(informatie)specialisten naast die van 'e-lending librarian' en social media manager in de VS. Hoe staat het ervoor in NL?

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Humanrithm: why data without people is not enough

Slides of talk at DataWeek 2012 by Guillaume Decugis, Co-Founder & CEO of Scoop.it.
From introduction of presentation:
"We engineers love data and algorithms. They help create amazing things. But if and when we forget that people create data and that data can be improved by people, we will miss the promise of Big Data. It's time we all thought of this not as social vs algorithm but as humanrithm."
"Curation starts when Saerch stops working" - Clay Shirky

View full presentation here:
http://www.slideshare.net/guillaumedecugis/humanrithm-why-data-without-people-is-not-enough
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
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Alessio Manca's comment, November 30, 2012 8:02 AM
Impacting! TY
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Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc, By Tina Sieber

Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc, By Tina Sieber | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With computers growing smaller and lifestyles going mobile, less and less devices offer sufficient space for internal optical drives.

 

Option 1: USB Stick

Option 2: SD(HC) Card

Option 3: External Hard Drive (HDD)

Option 4: External Solid State Drive (SSD)

Option 5: Cloud Storage

 

"Many alternatives for optical drives exist, but few can compete with the price and theoretical lifetime of Blu-ray discs. On the other hand, many make for better long term investments. In the long run, you should always have your data stored in at least two future-proof locations. But for the moment, Blu-ray discs and DVDs are a viable storage method. Just make sure you move your data before your last way to access them disappears.
Do you still use optical discs to store or transfer data?"


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The Emerging Big Data Ecosystem | SmartData Collective

The Emerging Big Data Ecosystem | SmartData Collective | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Slowly but surely, big data is becoming mainstream. Of course, if you listened only to the hype from analysts and vendors, you might think this was already the case..."


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Annemarijs's comment, October 22, 2012 5:56 AM
And thank you for rescooping article :-)
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Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada

Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Survey: Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries : http://t.co/l5u9qZ2O

 

"Voracious readers will often beg or borrow their books from anywhere possible—buy books in person or online, borrow from the library or steal from friends. As part of The Canadian Book Consumer we have the opportunity to drill down into topical questions and we’re interested in understanding more about how book buyers use the library. We look at the following questions:

How many book buyers use the library?
How frequently?
How many loans are e-books compared to print books?
What happens when a library doesn’t have a book available to patrons or there is a lengthy reserve list?
Here’s a sneak peek of some of our library data. In the first quarter of 2012, 59.43% of book buyers claim to have visited the library within the last 12 months. Of those respondents, 19.4% visit the library, either in person or online, 2 to 3 times a month and 16.3% visited once a month."

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Extremely valuable skills for Infrmation Professionals of the future:

 

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM
Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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New The Data Deluge – Stephen's Lighthouse - Infographic

New The Data Deluge – Stephen's Lighthouse - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"If anything the data deluge represents a huge assignment and continuous work for librarians and archivits."

 

"By 2015, nearly 3 billion people will be online, pushing the data created and shared to nearly 8 zettabytes. Is your network ready for the deluge? Exploring this infographic is the first step toward building a tangible plan and it may be the difference between reacting and prospering in Big Data’s shadow."

 

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Smithsonian goes 3D

Smithsonian goes 3D | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Xeni Jardin:

"Jessica Sadeq from the Smithsonian shares big news--the Institution has launched the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and 3-D explorer[Twitter]. They've gathered data on some of the most treasured items in the archives, and they're encouraging people who work with 3D printers to help them explore new ways of using the data."

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Videos and pictures of how 3D scanning are being used at the Smithsonian - Interesting!

"Data used to support research, as well as puiblic access tool!"

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Google - Useful to know

Google - Useful to know | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
1. Data Management
2. Your data on Google
3. Your data on the Web
4. Browse the Internet safely
Via Patty Ball
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Tips and tools by Google to control and manage data safely on the Internet

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From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge

From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China. (...) - by Adrian Giordani, MyScienceWork blog, 27 november 2012


Via Julien Hering, PhD, Pavlinka Kovatcheva
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"Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China.

This article was originally published in International Science Grid This Week as “Enabling knowledge creation in data-driven science”
http://www.isgtw.org/feature/enabling-knowledge-creation-data-driven-science

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"To answer this problem [of data deluge], some are creating infrastructures and software that are set to radically transform the way scientific publishing is done, which has been little changed for centuries.

Research publishing 2.0

While a number of scientific institutes, European Commission-funded projects, and research communities work on establishing common data policies and open-access infrastructures to make research data more searchable, shareable, and citable, the life sciences are looking at data analysis and publishing approaches that move the computer to the data rather than moving the data to the computers"

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Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters

Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The widening gap between the amount of data the world produces and the capacity to store it is giving a new lease of life to the humble cassette tape.

 

"Although consumers have abandoned the audio cassette in favour of the ubiquitous iPod, organisations with large amounts of data, from patient records to capacity-hungry video archives, have continued to use tape as a cheap and secure storage medium.

Researchers at IBM are trying to keep this 60-year old technology relevant for at least the next decade and they are getting help from rising energy costs, which are forcing companies to look for cheaper alternatives to stacks of power-hungry hard drives.

Evangelos Eleftheriou and his colleagues at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed a cassette just 10cm by 10cm by 2cm that can hold about 35 terabytes of data, the equivalent of a library with 400km of bookshelves.

"It is really the greenest storage technology," Eleftheriou told Reuters. "Tape at rest, consumes literally zero power."

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Humanrithm: why data without people is not enough > Slideshare

by Guillaume Decugis on Oct 03, 2012

"Slides of my talk at DataWeek 2012 - We engineers love data and algorithms. They help create amazing things. But if and when we forget that people create data and that data can be improved by people, we will miss the promise of Big Data. It's time we all thought of this not as social vs algorithm but as humanrithm."


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A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine

A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Coyle:

"With the visible speed-up of all forms of information resources, even those that are ostensibly in traditional offline formats, doubts are growing about the ability of libraries to afford the costs of hand-hewn bibliographic control today and in the future.

Linking and federating

What if you extrapolate from developments within library systems, such as federated searching, enhanced catalogs, and OpenURL, to the idea of libraries on the web?"

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"The Semantic Web will develop in two ways: First, by linking information that exists within documents, and second, by making the data itself accessible on the web. The ability to mark up information in documents could allow smarter access to that information than we get with keyword searching. For example, markup could identify the author of a document so that an author search could be done, something search engines do not provide today."


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Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @magnusenger: "Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians" http://t.co/vAoOKZiI"

 

"The web is changing from a web of documents to a web of data; from a web that can be read by humans, to one that can be read by machines. These are fascinating advances for anyone interested in the changing nature of the web and the way we access information. The technologies being forged in this new landscape will provide a host of opportunities for library and information professionals to shape the information landscape of the future."

 

"Key topics covered include:

• open data
• A semantic web: one that’s meaningful to computers
• data silos
• the semantic web: the RDF vision
• embedded semantics
• the library and the web of data
• the future of the librarian and the web of data."

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The six data-savvy work personas #knowledge-workers #information

The six data-savvy work personas #knowledge-workers #information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Data is playing a bigger role in how we do our work. According to a recent study by Factiva, there are at least six different personas that workers take on in their data work, illustrating the different ways we relate to this data.
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