by Donovan Griffin
Being in the business of in formation means that if you want to stay current, you’ve got to keep moving. Find out how a company that started in 1898 has thrived as an internet-only service in “Holst-Knudsen: ThomasNet Today.” Then read about how governments, corporations, and nonprofits around the world are tackling the thorny issues of privacy now that mass data collection is an everyday occurrence in Nancy K. Herther’s “Global Efforts to Redefine Privacy in the Age of Big Data.” And join Brandi Scardilli as she checks in with libraries to see how institutions built on print deal with the world of digital video delivery.
Donald T. Hawkins explores two conferences devoted to preserving personal and professional data using new tools and techniques on pages 16–18. Marija Markovic’s Insider’s Perspective article (page 11) helps corporate librarians protect their domains with tips on how to show value to the budget-makers through modern means, and Shirley Duglin Kennedy explains the benefits of keeping up with research reports (page 22).
Mick O’Leary probes the divide between data and instinct when he examines Nate Silver’s blog Five-Thirty-Eight and the nonprofit research firm ideas42 (page 20), and George H. Pike grapples with the Communications Decency Act as it’s used on the internet today (page 23).
Check out some of the new services for info pros, including a search engine for hashtags across various social media platforms (page 26) and a tool to help gather human-generated data (page 27).
We’re committed to bringing you the latest developments in the information industry so you can stay ahead of the game.
See you out there.
— Donovan Griffin