Information Science and the Business Analyst

Last year I returned to University to study Information Science.  Unlike fellow student who were either starting out in their career or using the course to change career, sometimes dramatically, I was and still am a Business Analyst.

So, why do it?  Why take a year out and invest time and money in a higher university degree in the middle of my BA career? And why go to Library School when there are plenty of other option in Systems Engineering or Business Schools?

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Knowledge and the Shock of Hypermedia: Thoughts From ISKO UK 2017

A week on from the ISKO UK 2017 conference: Knowledge Organisation – what’s the story? (#ISKOUK2017) I’ve finally had time to gather some (actually quite a few) thoughts on two days mixing knowledge organisation systems and narrative.  It’s a full and thought provoking story full of fake news, future shock, linked open data and ingenious knowledge organisation systems.

These are my thoughts in response to the conference theme and presentations but where they refer more directly to a conference paper, or an external reference, a hyperlink is provided so you can go and seek out the original inspiration.

All the conference papers and recorded audio will all be available on the ISKO UK website shortly.

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Read: Christina Wodtke on A Unified Theory for Design

Super, succinct model of the essence of design >

A Unified Theory for Designing Just About Anything” by @cwodtke

In a university context useful not just for business analysts like me involved in service, systems or product design, but also anyone involved in writing, research, teaching (it includes instructional design example).

It really is a model that could be applied to many scenarios that require design or creativity and covers four key elements that form the acronym CAMP:

Context
i.e the discovery business analysts like to do that establishes the goals, stakeholders, requirement and constraints

Architecture
i.e the organising principles and structures of the design

Mechanics
i.e the behaviours and qualities you want to implement

Poetics
i.e. the emotional and experiential response of users

Henry I of England

Henry I of England is a production by Reading Between the Lines theatre company staged at St James’ Catholic Church in Reading, 2-19 November 2016. This Shakespearean play is both an entertaining history (and tragedy and comedy) from our past and a compelling critique of our present. It deserves to be a modern classic for our times.

Henry I of England runs for another week until 19th November and I would urge you to go and see it for an entertaining and memorable night out showcasing Reading’s history and creativity.

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