ISKO Singapore: Governance

This Friday. In Singapore. We are talking… Governance. Yeah. I know. Delegation. Responsibilities. Policies. Measurement. Risk Mitigation. The whole ball o’ wax.

Details of the event – with more video and content – available here.

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Disrupt Sydney 2016

Disrupt Sydney 2016 was another fascinating event. This time I was purely a tourist – not responsible for anything except taking it all in.

  • Dr Karl opened with his schtick – which is superior edutainment. Lots of science stuff. Lots of pictures of his trip to the Antarctic. Robots. Pillars of salt that will save us from climate change. OK. Good morning.
  • Juliet Bourke talking about the importance of diversity in collaboration. Nice frameworks. Some good research. AICD book worth a look.
  • Jennifer Wilson talking about MyQuitBuddy – with comments on gamification and reinforcement.
  • Arthur Shelley talking about the Organizational Zoo.
  • Claire Marshall on the sharing economy.
  • Kai Riemer getting all Thomas Kuhn on Clay Christensen.
  • A design thinking session run by Cap Gemini.
  • A final session on Blockchain, Bitcoin, Privacy, Trust, YaddaYaddaYadda – which actually tackled key issues around this much-hyped technology.

I enjoy the eccentric and exploratory vibe (yes, “vibe” is the right word here) of this event. This is the 4th one and I do hope that the DDRG will continue to make stimulating things happen.

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IKO 2016: Competencies & Taskonomies

Innovations in Knowledge Organisation 2016 was very enjoyable. I had a hectic Friday afternoon – delivering a case study pitch, variations on the case study 3 times, a keynote, and co-facilitating the activity afterwards. However I cannot complain because the event is always a wonderful mix of the welcoming, the practical, and the intellectually stimulating. Many thanks to Patrick, Maish, David and the whole team in making it happen and Panviva for enabling me to be there.

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The Silicon Valley Consensus and what it means for information professionals

This is the 24th article that one or both of us has written for Online Currents over the course of six years. The first topic was “Enterprise collaborative bookmarking” – which was a hot topic with a number of start-ups in 2009. As of 2016, it is dead in the water and some of the technology companies mentioned in that article are no longer going concerns. Since then we have discussed big data, mobile, enterprise social networks, search, email, cyber-security and SharePoint. Researching these topics and trying to formulate 3,500 words on them has been a valuable learning experience.

However this article is a little different. We will be taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. The example of enterprise collaborative bookmarking indicates that not all hyped ideas will be successful and the mixed fortunes of the other topics demonstrates that there are complex forces at play in the world of technology. This article wants to explore the gaps between the hype and the reality and mark out a possible path for information professionals.

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Reporting on the Knowledge Organisation Competencies Project

More info here.

Matt Moore and Patrick Lambe developed a draft competency framework for knowledge organization professionals in support of the inaugural “Innovations in Knowledge Organization” conference held in Singapore in June 2015. With the support of ISKO we then tested this framework within the larger professional community through a global survey attracting almost 150 responses from knowledge organisation professionals and researchers around the world. In this session we discuss the findings of the survey, and the key development areas, gaps and development opportunities we identified. The findings will help those working on knowledge organisation roles identify gaps and self development opportunities, and it will help those working in KO teaching and research roles to identify useful areas of focus. We will also report on the planned next steps in this research project. We will then break out into workshop discussion to identify the implications for professionals working in knowledge organization.

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Building Competence for Knowledge Organisation

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As software eats the world and the internet transforms vast swathes of human activity, the field of knowledge organisation has not been immune. Traditional tools such as thesauri and controlled vocabularies are being augmented and disrupted by ontologies, auto-classification, graph databases, data storage, analytics, and visualisation. These changes present information professionals with a challenge – what skills do we need to survive in this brave new world and how do we acquire them?

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Innovation in Knowledge Organisation: A Conference Report

Innovation in Knowledge organisation was conference put on by Straits Knowledge (a Singapore-based knowledge management consultancy), PebbleRoad (a Singapore-based user experience design consultancy) and Synaptica (a global taxonomy software company). 

The format of the conference was high energy – although 26 presentations were given, most of these were short form and much of the conference was given over to discussion and interaction. This was not a conference to sit back and fall asleep in.
In this article, we provide an overview of the material presented and the discussions we had with participants. We will begin with plenary presentations and the case studies. We will continue with an overview of discussions within the clinics. We will end with some broader reflections on the conference topics and what they mean for information professionals in Australia.

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Cybersecurity for information professionals: The organisational dimension

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Our previous article on cybersecurity approached the issue from the perspective of the individual internet user and showed the breadth of issues that we face and the simple things we can do to make our online interactions safer. This article has a different focus: How are organisations managing the cybersecurity risks that they face?

All Australians have some kind of relationship with large organisations that hold their data, be they corporations, not-for-profits, or governments. While we can take efforts to personally safeguard our own data, we are also reliant on the efforts of others. As consumers and citizens, we often blithely assume that these organisations are protecting their (our) data from harm. Those assumptions may not be wholly justified. This article will begin with an overview of the types of hostile parties and threats that organisations face and how they are meeting those threats.

The situation becomes even more complex when we are employed in roles where we play a role in information security – which we often do as information professionals. “Security” may not be our main priority but it is nevertheless there. The second half of the article, through practitioner quotes and academic research, explores the challenges that managing security as one of a number of information priorities presents to us.

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Competence and Knowledge Organisation

I recently presented a keynote at the inaugural Innovations in Knowledge Organisation conference in Singapore. The whole event was a pleasure to be a part of and many thanks to the organisers for inviting me.

The presentation below attempts to answer the questions:

  • What do knowledge organisation professionals do?
  • What role do professional tribes play?
  • What are the organisational challenges beyond individual competence?
  • And what does it take to offend people these days? (I don’t really answer that one)

Keynote: Matt Moore – Competence and Knowledge Organisation from Patrick Lambe on Vimeo.


More on IKO 2015 here.

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Cybersecurity for information professionals: The personal dimension

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One of the key themes of the articles we have written for this publication is that “software is eating the world”. To put it another way, many everyday activities and objections are being transformed by internet-based technologies. This is not necessarily a sinister plot. This is happening because most of us benefit in the process. If we want to buy, sell, rent, hire, talk, shout or share, this internet-enabled world helps us do that more easily. However this process is not all hugs, puppies and emojis. These technologies transform our relationships with each other in ways that are not wholly healthy and may expose us to shame and ridicule. They also may compromise our property and physical safety. How will we deal with this collectively and individually?

        “Cybersecurity” is a growing area of attention for government, companies and individuals. 2014 offered many examples including the hacking of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and the release of large quantities of sensitive information from the Sony Corporation by individuals who may be associated with North Korea.

This article will:

  • explore the personal implications of cybersecurity. What risks do we face as individuals?
  • look at the range of technical threats cybersecurity tries to protect against. How do these threats manifest themselves and what does that mean for prevention?
  • discuss cybersecurity initiatives that impact information professionals such as the eSmart libraries program.

An upcoming article will examine the organisational issues around cybersecurity.

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