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The advent of "big data" blurs the distinction between internal and external information. Sensitive and confidential issues notwithstanding, the knowledge that can be obtained from breadth, depth and sheer volume of data, can be immeasurably more powerful than traditional, more linear methods. Sue Jenkins explains why information professionals continue to offer unmatched skills in this new era.
Jinfo's recent webinar was titled "Create your plan to prepare for data analytics" and focused on the practical steps enabling an information team to prepare a plan for data analytics and contribute their expertise. Andrew Grave reports.
The Jinfo Webinar " Create your plan for data analytics , presented a three-stage methodology for preparing your information team to become a valuable partner within the emerging world of data analytics.
The methodology comprises a number of key exercises:
Understanding what your...
As part of the Jinfo Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service", Andrew Lucas tries to take some the mystery out of data analytics by providing a guide to a number of the key concepts that are used, from data lakes to NoSQL, and looks at why information professionals should be at the heart of the new world.
Crowdsourced geographic information can be of immense help in areas such as disaster management and environmental monitoring. Sophie Alexander reports on how citizen-generated, crowdsourced data has played an important part in events such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and how best practices are being developed in this area of big data.
"Analysing Springshare LibInsight - a mini review" gives a complete overview of this brand new big data tool for libraries. The mini review is part of Jinfo's Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service".
Springshare's LibInsight is a big data tool for libraries that allows them to record, track, and analyse library data. Competitors include SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Library Services Platform and Counting Opinions LibPAS.
There are many ways to measure and benchmark leading vendors within the big data analytics field and different industry analysts have their own variations on the key players.
This report covers seven companies which are large with well-established and mature offerings in the data analytics...
How involved are information professionals in data analytics projects - and how well is their expertise understood by industry leaders? Read the early results of our survey into data analytics, and complete the survey yourself to ensure you receive a copy of the report.
The Jinfo Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service" launches this month. We ask the producer, Andrew Lucas, what his background and experience will bring to the Focus and what the Focus will offer in terms of helping information professionals to advise and support strategies around data use, management and value.
Jinfo's research and work with customers has found that information services have an opportunity to play a uniquely strategic role within data analytics, based on their wealth of experience and expertise. But just what are your team's particular strengths that will prepare them for this new...
The emergent world of data analytics is fraught with complexity, and the various players are starting to work out the rules of the game.
Organisations are seeking to treat data and datasets as technology-neutral, wanting to reuse data in different ways and on different platforms. Users are...
The world of data analytics is fast emerging as a topic that organisations are turning their focus to, with discussions about the value of "big data" heating up, technical solutions being developed, and dedicated data analysts being hired who can interpret these new data sources.
Within the new world of data analytics, where much is still uncertain as to how to proceed and who should be involved, there is potential for power struggles. It's common for information services to get caught up in the struggle.
At the same time, new fields offer new opportunities to...
Licensing, poorly conceived value propositions and data security are just a few of the risks associated with the exciting new world of data analytics.
Information teams need to be at the heart of this world to help avoid these risks. Otherwise (and too often), information professionals...
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