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Going to Information Grad School

By Hawkins, Donald T. | Information Today, July-August 2005 | Go to article overview

Going to Information Grad School


Hawkins, Donald T., Information Today


Taxonomies, wikis, RSS, blogs, social networking, competitive information (CI), content management, enterprise search ... are you familiar enough with all of these to know how to use them? Are you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the rapid advances in information technology, especially in the past few months?

Information Today, Inc.'s new fall InfoX Showcase conference features five separate 2-day conferences, each providing an in-depth look at a different technology. The topics were specially chosen for their currency and relevance in today's information economy (particularly to corporate information professionals and IT managers). Each conference provides a graduate-level look at its topic and will include case studies, overviews, and practical guidance. The InfoX Showcase, the hub of the five conferences, also features product exhibits that apply to one or more of the technologies.

The InfoX conference themes revolve around the idea that collaboration has become critical in today's business world. Jane Dysart, conference designer and developer for Information Today, Inc., confirms that fact. Details on the five individual conferences follow.

Business Intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) means being smart about your business and the forces affecting it. CI is critical to the health of a company, and an entire industry has grown up around it. The Business Intelligence conference will address a variety of products, techniques, and services available to information professionals, while providing skills to determine the proper strategies to use in businesses. The BI = CI relationship has a strong influence on this conference. Speakers will provide strategic and tactical advice on developing a business intelligence program in an organization. Data mining, market research, data analysis, legal and ethical aspects, technology platforms, and incorporating internal and external information are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.

Buying Digital

The days of finding information by signing up with an online vendor and searching a database of abstracts are long gone. Now that content is largely electronic, the demand for full text is enormous. Users can search on their own, and choices for acquiring and deploying content throughout the enterprise are numerous and complex.

Indeed, content acquisition has become key in many organizations, and former corporate library staff members are turning to this as a satisfying career change. Buying Digital will provide its attendees with strategies, advice, and case studies on all aspects of acquiring and managing content in an enterprise.

Mary Corcoran, vice president and lead analyst at Outsell, Inc., has a long history with electronic content. She will describe some of Outsell's latest research in her keynote. Other speakers will address information audits, resource selection, negotiating licenses, and educating employees on compliance issues.

Taxonomy Boot Camp

Taxonomies are hot. Organizing and classifying information is vital to helping users find answers quickly and efficiently. Taxonomy Boot Camp will start with the basics and will teach attendees how to design and create a taxonomy, then elaborate on the steps for managing it as technology advances. Practical advice and examples of taxonomies will be offered throughout the conference, with special attention given to integrating a taxonomy with a search engine.

Sue Feldman, research vice president at IDC and a noted authority on information technology, will be the keynote speaker. IBM's 3700-node enterprise taxonomy and its exploration of new approaches such as "folksonomies" will be included in the case studies.

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