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Monday, September 05, 2016

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Naming and Reframing: A Taxonomy of Attacks on Knowledge Organization, by Tina Gross

Most knowledge organization practices have opinionated detractors. Some criticisms are…

Most knowledge organization practices have opinionated detractors. Some criticisms are informed and serious, but unsubstantiated assertions and fatuous dismissals are so commonplace that practitioners grow weary of the perpetual need to refute them. Many have had the experience of conducting and publishing research that contradicts a popular misguided claim, and then seeing this evidence have little effect on the continued repetition of the claim. This paper (which is part polemical essay) will attempt to contribute another tool for tackling this problem: a taxonomy of attacks on knowledge organization. Categorizing and devising names for the major strains of deprecation of knowledge organization, cataloging, and metadata will not defeat those arguments, but identifying and reframing them might strengthen the knowledge organization community’s resolve to take them on. Warning: there might be neologisms!
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Citation: Gross, Tina. "Naming and Reframing: A Taxonomy of Attacks on Knowledge Organization," Knowledge Organization 42, no. 5 (2015): 263-268.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You mean to tell me: a librarian can search better than google?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Academics have found a way to access insanely expensive research papers—for free, by By Aamna Mohdin

Academic papers aren’t all freely available online as paywalls prevent many from accessing peer-reviewed information. Those without logins are often expected to pay $30 or more per article to read the latest research. Now academics are using the hashtag #icanhazpdf to freely share copyrighted papers. continue reading

Thursday, June 11, 2015

IT professional careers: is being a generalist a dead end option?

William Turgeon

"So being a generalist means that one has to understand the basics of a lot of separate AOC’s and know how they integrate and what they need to work together efficiently. The generalist will often not know the specific commands or techniques used in implementing specific features in a product, but he DOES know that the feature exists and in general, what it requires to function efficiently. Knowing that a specific function exists, he/she can always look up the specific command or implementation process.
The generalists’ big advantage over most specialists is that they have an understanding of the fundamental requirements and interactions of most of the AOCs involved, not just a single one, and thus can often resolve problems that specialists are not equipped by their training to do.
Although most IT professionals do not realize it, the need for IT generalists is much greater than most people are aware of, and the few well-trained ones that are available are rarely out of work. Unfortunately, being a generalist is much more difficult than specializing because one cannot focus on a single given area exclusively, but instead must continually ‘keep up’ on the broad spectrum of technologies that make up the IT profession.
Being a generalist is an AOC that will NEVER die, but it IS a difficult one to master!"
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Monday, February 16, 2015

‘Digital Dark Age’ could see our most precious memories consigned to dust – Vint Cerf

One of the “fathers of the internet” has warned that images and documents we store on computers may disappear from history as the ongoing digital revolution makes older hardware and software obsolete.
Vint Cerf, a vice president at Google, made his remarks during a science conference, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in San Jose, California.
Cerf said that important pieces of information, our life, family photographs and memories, that we have stored on our hard drives or on the internet, may be lost as the pace of the digital revolution accelerates.


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