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History seems irrelevant in the software world, particular when dealing with lots of
information. It isn’t. Information explosions are not new. They’ve happened repeatedly
throughout human history. A little looking will turn up prior incarnations of information
management patterns and concepts that can be repurposed using today’s technologies.
The first person to conceive of something is usually not the first. They’re the first to re-conceive at a point where the current technology caught up to someone else’s idea.
We’re at a point today where many old ideas are being reinvented. Come hear why
looking to the past beyond your core field of interest is worthwhile.
I design and build analysis and decision support systems, and building data management and access infrastructure. Research focus these days is on analysis techniques, emerging technology and practices in analytics, BI, information management, user experience for data access & delivery applications. I speak at a lot of conferences on anything data, with a bunch of history of science and technology mixed in.
I focus on two types of work: using data to make decisions and manage organizations, and building data technology infrastructure. A big part of making decisions and using data in a corporate setting is ensuring that the right data capture and data delivery infrastructure is in place to manage the business. As a result, I do as much information strategy and IT architecture work as I do performance management and decision support.
My spare-time projects involve research on history of communication technology adoption and fieldwork in ecology, specializing in botany.
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