INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

29 November 2022  1100-1215

Some thoughts as we wrap up the semester

Let's finish our semester by learning something we didn't know we didn't know.

① info world

We have started 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 was voluntary and will remain so today: no one was necessarily assigned to do this weekly, though we hope to have learned new things about ourselves and our worlds by having taken advantage of the opportunity.

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② watch presenter in Sakai calendar

As we close out our semester, let's think about big things. One big thing is that we want to be open to the idea that we can "see" some things, but we need to be able to "sense" even more.

Let's depart from the assumed framework of information and library science, and begin to think about different ways to think about things entirely.

Was that absolutely necessary? Did we need to wander into physics? Or did it somehow relate to the vector space model of information retrieval?

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar

Extending our discussion about how and why to think, read these two.

  1. The Uniqueness of Human Recursive Thinking by Michael C. Corballis
  2. The Importance of UX and Design Thinking by Igor Dinuzzi

Thinking forward, backward, and all around, understanding patterns both visible and not.

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar

Some have done the world a favor by realizing that music is a form of information transfer, and preserving that oral tradition is a way of archiving the past for the sake of the future. One such person was Alan Lomax.

Should you want to explore more, watch LOMAX The Songhunter Documentary 2004. But not for today; this is something to do when you have the time for it.

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