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The second annual Love Your Data Week (LYD) is scheduled for February 13 – 17.

LYD week is conducted via social media and is coordinated by research data specialists, mostly working in academic and research libraries or data archives or centers. LYD aims to raise awareness about topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. Practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices will be shared.

You can add your institution to the list and see other 2017 participants here. You can find detailed information about each day’s activities/resources here.


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The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. – B. B. King

Open Culture curates a wonderful list of over 150 free business courses, many being offered by leading universities, that includes topics such as general business, economics, math, computer science, entrepreneurship, and foreign language. You can download the audio and video courses via iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites, straight to your computer or mp3 player. In addition to business, Open Culture provides access to 1150 free online courses, covering a variety of subjects ranging from humanities to sciences from universities such as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more.



Financial Times has announced the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The winner is The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment, by Martin Ford.

In the announcement, Dominic Barton,editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, is quoted, “While no one can be certain how the future will unfold, this year’s winner delivers an important message: Companies and governments are racing into a world where both work and the work force will need to be radically redesigned.”

“IBM data scientists break big data into four dimensions: volume, variety, velocity and veracity. This infographic explains and gives examples of each.” (Click on image to make it larger.)

Image Credit: IBM, The Four V's of Big Data

Image Credit: IBM, The Four V’s of Big Data

Marydee Ojala, Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher, has written one of the best paragraphs of the year (IMHO) in her article entitled Dynamic Disruption (July/August 2015). She writes about how various industries have been disrupted by technology, and information professionals are not immune even though we “have been and still are at the forefront of technology.” Here’s the paragraph (directly quoted).

The cloud is considered by some to be disruptive. I almost laughed out loud when I read, in “The Cloud Is Dead. Long Live the Cloud,” by Stacey Higginbotham in the May 1, 2015, issue of Fortune, that she thinks the cloud replaces “the days when everything we did on a computer started and ended with what was stored on the hard drive.” Information professionals have been doing online research in the cloud since before we had our own personal hard drives. We practically invented the cloud. We just didn’t call it that. We called it online searching. Our online is the current cloud. Oh, and it was, and still is, Big Data, another disruptive concept. 

This year’s Accenture Technology Vision highlights five emerging themes “that reflect the shifts being seen among the digital power brokers of tomorrow.” These five trends represent Accenture’s newest stance that “every business is a digital business,” which was first introduced in the 2013 report. Each year, Accenture’s Technology Vision identifies the emerging technology trends that will impact large enterprises in the next 3-5 years. The 2015 Executive Summary has been made available and the full report will be released Feb. 17. You can read the Executive Summary and overview of the report hereThe five key trends are: The Internet of Me, Outcome Economy, Platform(R)evolution, Intelligent Enterprise and Workforce Reimagined. Here are selected trend highlights, directly quoted from the Executive Summary:

The Internet of Me: Our world, personalized. As everyday objects are going online, so too are experiences—creating an abundance of digital channels that reach deep into every aspect of individuals’ lives…. To gain control over these points of access, they are creating highly personalized experiences that engage and exhilarate consumers—without breeching the customer’s trust.

Outcome Economy: ….As leading enterprises come face-to-face with the IoT, they are uncovering opportunities to embed hardware and sensors in their digital toolboxes. They are using these highly connected hardware components to give customers what they really want: not more products or services, but more meaningful outcomes.

The Platform (R)evolution: Defining ecosystems, redefining industries. Among the Global 2000, digital industry platforms and ecosystems are fueling the next wave of breakthrough innovation and disruptive growth….In short: Platform-based ecosystems are the new plane of competition.

Intelligent Enterprise: Huge data, smarter systems—better business. ….Business and technology leaders must now view software intelligence not as a pilot or a one-off project, but as an across-the-board functionality—one that will drive new levels of evolution and discovery, propelling innovation throughout the enterprise.

Workforce Reimagined: Collaboration at the intersection of humans and machines. ….Advances in natural interfaces, wearable devices, and smart machines will present new opportunities for companies to empower their workers through technology.

Every year, in the January issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, the editors name the best scholarly titles from the previous year. Here are selected computing, economics, and business management titles of interest from the January 2015 issue:

Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy, by Joel Naroff and Ron Scherer.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

Capital Wars: The New East-West Challenge for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Economic Success, by Daniel Pinto

Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, by Thomas Erl, Zaigham Mahmood, and Ricardo Puttini.

Global Capitalism, Culture, and Ethics, by Richard Spinello

Going Viral, by Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley

In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future, ed. by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta.

It Began With Babbage: The Genesis of Computer Science, by Subrata Dasgupta

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change, by Edmund Phelps.

Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing, by John E. Kelly III and Steve Hamm.

To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World, by Vincent Mosco

Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton.

What Unions No Longer Do, by Jake Rosenfeld