Adapting to disruptive technologies and creating value with people, platforms and information


Though we might like to think that “it’s the people, not the technology that matters”, the truth is that the two are now so inexorably linked in the developed world that it’s difficult to imagine how we could get anything done if technology was taken out of the equation.

Technology is changing the way organisations communicate with their employees, partners, stakeholders and customers. Email was the essential business tool in the 1980s, but we are now living in a world where people want to communicate and share on social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. The Cloud has opened up opportunities for much more work to be done away from the traditional office environment. Information and Knowledge workers expect data and information to be available anywhere, anytime and on any device. Against this background, Big Data is opening up new frontiers for innovation, productivity and competition.

Making sense of all of this is a challenge for everyone, not least information professionals. We are all looking for answers to these and similar questions:

  • Social networks enable a wider range of connections and are creating new forms of collaboration: how do we find people we can trust and how do we develop new relationships?
  • We live in a world with an enormous amount of unorganised information: how do we make sense of it? How can we create value from Big Data?
  • Mobile devices and tablets are becoming increasingly common in the workplace: how are they changing the way we work?
  • How do you create and structure content for a multi-device, multi-platform world?
  • There are a bewildering variety of technologies, methods and standards creating new and emerging business models for eBooks. Barriers are being continually lowered to the point where just about anyone can be a publisher. What does this mean for libraries, publishers and information professionals?
  • Open access is changing the value proposition: what are the new and emerging business models?
  • How has Google Knowledge Graph and Facebook Social Graph changed the world of search?

This year’s Online Information Conference will strive to answer these and other questions by tapping into the knowledge, expertise and emergent best practice within the information industry.

Stephen Dale
Chair of the Executive Conference Committee
Online Information Conference 2013

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