INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

18 October 2022  1100-1215

Module 02 has been about Information Structures
Module 03 will be about Information Pathways

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

First, consider complex systems

Then, watch this and think about your own social networks and how they illustrate network theory

The go on to think about networks on a broader scale

Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar


To frame your thinking about the connected path in which information may flow, read the following

Easley, D., & Kleinberg, J. (2010)
Pages 1-20 in
Networks, crowds, and markets: reasoning about a highly connected world.
New York: Cambridge University Press.

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar


Another perspective on networks can be found in this reading

Barabási, A.-L. (2003).
"Heirarchies and Communities",
pages 227-238 in
Linked: How everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and everyday life.
New York: Plume.

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