The Connected Couple: Information Behavior in Online Dating

It is often observed that couples who have been together for a while develop a way of communicating that is theirs alone. They may complete each other’s sentences or share a word, phrase or a glance whose meaning is known only to them. Yet information behavior research has bypassed the way couples develop this information exchange over time. Gina Kessler ... Read More »

Metadata, Power & Domination: NSA Surveillance as a Threat to Liberty

Edward Snowden may not have changed the world, but he did help confirm some things we already suspected about U.S. intelligence gathering. The National Security Administration (NSA) has been conducting sophisticated electronic surveillance for quite some time, under a variety of programs authorized after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Prior to Edward ... Read More »

John Snow: Old School Data Innovator

(Editor’s Note: To mark the important opportunities and diversity that exists within the data economy, the iSchool and many others from across the world have joined together to present the second annual Data Innovation Day. We offer this article to celebrate the day as well as a reminder of the profound effects of data innovation throughout history.) The year is ... Read More »

Coding Librarians

Over the last few years many librarians have asked themselves, “What programming language should I learn first?” If you’re a librarian (or aspiring librarian) and you haven’t asked, you probably should! What’s at stake? Perhaps your job. Many information science professionals are expected to have some level programming knowledge. And yes, even for some non-technical jobs like librarians, archivists and catalogers. ... Read More »

Robot Spies Are Watching You

Robots create all new methods of direct surveillance. When thinking of direct surveillance the common thoughts are of James Bond style spy devices. Hi-tech spy equipment designed to infiltrate and transmit would fit the idea of a surveillance robot, but in reality our privacy is likely to be invaded in much more mundane ways. Regular household items such as toys ... Read More »

Data, Data Everywhere

The Michigan Theater is at 603 East Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Athletes Tom Brady and Cal Ripken have the same body mass index, 27—lower than Dr. Phil’s but higher than Abraham Lincoln’s. Austria’s fertility rate peaked in 1963 and has been falling steadily ever since. Q Lending Inc., of Coral Gables, Florida, received the smallest bailout from the TARP ... Read More »

Information Hoarders

Recently I’ve worked with a number of non-profits creating a redesign for their websites. All of these groups seemed to have a similar problem. Many businesses, both non-profits or otherwise, created their original web sites over a decade ago. The web site creator was a contract hire who has long since left the company. Since the page inception, data has ... Read More »