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Review of The Accidental Taxonomist

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Estimated reading time 1–2 minutes

Rather late to the party on this one, but I finally got around to reading The Accidental Taxonomist by Heather Hedden. I have to confess to bias as I was very pleased to see that my FUMSI article on folksonomies was mentioned in the recommended reading section. Written in a clear, sensible and readable tone,… Read more »

The Accidental Data Scientist

Image of book cover 'The Accidental Data Scientist' by Amy Affelt
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Estimated reading time 2–3 minutes

The Accidental Data Scientist* by Amy Affelt is a clarion call to librarians and other information professionals to immerse themselves in the world of Big Data. As such, it is a solid introduction, emphasizing how the traditional skills of librarians are crucial in ensuring that Big Data are reliable, properly prepared, indexed, and abstracted, and… Read more »

Big Data

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Estimated reading time 6–9 minutes

I recently attended a gem of an event at the British Computer Society. There were three top class speakers and great networking with interesting people afterwards. I am always a little concerned that I’m not “hard” IT enough for these events, but metadata and taxonomies are such a cross-domain topic I always end up in… Read more »