INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

13 September 2022  1100-1215

We are back after our Well Being Day last week.

This week we will consider data, information, knowledge, and meaning. How do they fit with one another?

Let's begin by learning something we didn't know we didn't know.

① info world

We will start each session with one of us standing before the assembled group and introducing us to an "information world" that they are familiar with, but one that may well be new to the rest of us.

This will be voluntary: there will be no one necessarily assigned to do this weekly, though we hope everyone would want to share of themselves by taking advantage of the opportunity.

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② watch presenter in Sakai calendar

Hans Rosling on perceptions and data-driven reality

And then discussing the stats presented.

  1. When was this presentation given? Do we think much has changed since then?
  2. Did anything come as a surprise to us?
  3. How do we perceive the "lesser developed world"?

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar

More about Hans Rosling's approach to data.

  1. Beyond the data: five important lessons we can learn from Hans Rosling, by Zuzana Hucki, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University in The Conversation, 10 February 2017
  2. Bill Gates Says This Book Is 'One of the Most Important' He's Ever Read, by Sarah Begley, Time Magazine, 03 Apr 2018

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar

With Rosling in mind, let's go back nearly 80 years and consider a pioneer.

Watch this and ask yourself if Vannevar Bush's idea has yet been made real.
  1. But you want to more fully understand how he framed this idea. Read the linked article.
    "As We May Think" is a 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush which has been described as visionary and influential, anticipating many aspects of information society.
  2. An another pioneer is heard in Sense-making theory and practice: an overview of user interests in knowledge seeking and use by Brenda Dervin.
    Concentrate on A METHODOLOGICAL QUEST: WHAT PEOPLE “REALLY” WANT and SENSE MAKING: A FRAMEWORK FOR USER STUDIES and think about their relevance to your future.

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