Joanna Ptolomey

Joanna is a freelance information consultant and analyst. She started her career in information as a clinical librarian in the NHS before moving to global consultancy group DTZ. Prior to working in the information sector Joanna was a project planning engineer in the construction industry for 10 years.

She hopes to help people use information for assessing risk, making decisions and in governance. She is particularly interested in inequalities issues such as accessibility, information literacy and the information divide especially in the healthcare sector. She is the author of a chapter 'Digital divide and accessibility' in Government Information Management in the 21st Century. She is also the author of the book Taking charge of your career: a guide for library and information professionals.

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Articles by Joanna Ptolomey:


Jinfo Blog All a-flap about maps
Wednesday, 27th June 2012

Mapping and visualisation tools are not only gaining popularity as an enabler for many of the products we use and project development on a day to day basis as I considered in a previous LiveWire post. The mapping products themselves are generating some interesting news around competition, market penetration and privacy.


Jinfo Blog Cookies law already crumbling
Wednesday, 27th June 2012

The LiveWire has been following the countdown and the introduction of the new EU cookie over this last month or so. The questions now are so what and any impacts so far?


Jinfo Blog Open and shared data saves lives
Monday, 25th June 2012

Not all data can be truly open as there are privacy issues. But making data more sharable, such as health records, could save lives. Efforts on this front were featured at a recent World Bank event focused on free and open source geographic information systems and mapping tools that will strengthen disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief and sustainable development.


Jinfo Blog Leveling the playing field in the journal publishing game
Wednesday, 13th June 2012

You know the saying – not all research is equal and that is one significant factor that can be reflected in which journal opts to publish your research. But what if you don’t know how to play the game, have limited knowledge of western publishing, few contacts and English is not your first language – what are your options?


Jinfo Blog Social media benefits for the healthcare business
Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Medical director for the Mayo Clinic, Farris Timimi MD, believes that social media is not an addition to your job as a doctor and healthcare provider. It is a part of your job as a doctor and it cannot be ignored as a potential benefit to the system. So, if we trust doctors with a scalpel and surgical procedures should we not we not trust them with social media tools?


Jinfo Blog China trumps in scientific publishing?
Thursday, 31st May 2012

At the Online Information conference, in December 2011, I reported on the flurry of discussions, influences and markers that China seemed to be having in the world of scientific publishing.


Jinfo Blog People - we need your big data
Wednesday, 30th May 2012

The McKinsey Global Institute reports that if the US healthcare system were to use big data creatively the result would be a $300 billion value every year. So what about people information or patient derived information? Surely this is a huge missing chunk of big data that is also floating around in the digital information world.


Jinfo Blog Quilting big data threads
Thursday, 24th May 2012

Recently I have found myself cooing over visualisation maps (and heat maps) of health and well being resources. The content rich data is overlayed with mapping technologies, and some interesting themes and patterns are emerging.


Jinfo Blog Less than 40 days for compliant cookies
Wednesday, 25th April 2012

With EU cookie compliance law due to be enforced on 26 May 2012, many organisations are simply not ready. There seems to be no consensus about the best way forward to get websites compliant, and industry suggests that compliance could harm online sales


Jinfo Blog Open data utopia? Not quite.
Friday, 20th April 2012

Although limited within the scientific community, open data in the public sector is growing with government requirements for content transparency. The concept of smart cities can also benefit from open data in areas such as policing and crime. Privacy will always remain an issue, however.


Jinfo Blog Hard and tricky work: information mining
Tuesday, 17th April 2012

Data and text mining techniques are used for analysing competitor behaviours and workflows as well as customer and market needs. These methods could also be used for open access, however, the full potential is not being realised as data is limited, there is no established user community and there are licensing issues.


Jinfo Blog Research from behind the wall?
Tuesday, 17th April 2012

The debate about open access publishing continues with strong representation from the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust for the idea that if research is publicly funded it should be open to all. However, both in the UK and the US there seems to be some hesitation which could mean that the only winners will be the big publishers.


Jinfo Blog Copyright lobbynomics
Wednesday, 28th March 2012

What is evidence based copyright law? Are the claims for copyright by the lobbyists justified or are research and innovation being stifled because of copyright restrictions? Should we be redefining just what copyright itself actually means, and who are the winners and losers? Copyright throws up more questions than answers.


Jinfo Blog Curating or creating: the slow hunch
Wednesday, 28th March 2012

The slow hunch, a term coined by Steven Johnson, is the mix of slow burn ideas, happy accidents and serendipity. In their work, information professionals have a role in facilitating this as well as curating content which in turn sparks innovation.


Jinfo Blog Technology moving into range
Thursday, 15th March 2012

The UK Office for National Statistics measures inflation via a basket of everyday goods which also acts as a social barometer. Recently mobile content and technology show an increase in demand along with a growing trend for internet and 3D TVs.


Jinfo Blog In the relationship business?
Friday, 9th March 2012

Information professionals should not underestimate the work they do in the relationship business. They connect people and groups in businesses but also across communities, some deprived, through libraries and local initiatives brokering deals and building partnerships.


Jinfo Blog Medical apps - don't get burnt
Thursday, 1st March 2012

The first medical app was registered as a medical device in the UK in January 2012. With more Smartphone apps becoming available for diagnosing and treating medical conditions the need for regulation is critical.


Jinfo Blog Opening up research - contradictions?
Wednesday, 29th February 2012

There seems to be a contradiction between the possibility of international repositories opening up access and problems caused by the charges made by Elsevier for this very service. Wider dissemination is also being blocked by government legislation. Where next?


Jinfo Blog Libraries on the edge of glory?
Monday, 27th February 2012

What role do libraries have in helping economies and communities to thrive? One model, the Idea Store started 2002 and has since grown and developed, offering cafes, adult education and computer access on many high streets.


Jinfo Blog Cloudy with a chance of...
Wednesday, 1st February 2012


Jinfo Blog No Kodak moment, but what is it worth?
Tuesday, 24th January 2012


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