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Big Data. Nicholas Cooper

Sunday, 07 April 2013

‘Big Data’ itself is not new, nevertheless how the world of technology approaches the problem is in the early lifecycle stages of propaganda, and whilst the technology vendors jostle to gain the attention of their target audience the real question of what you will do with such a technology, and more importantly who will be dealing with the intellectual underlying issues is yet to play out.

Big Data is, in very many ways, data mining and analytics, but on a much bigger scale. At its core it is a combination of Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing, and Search. None of this is new, however the technology companies make this appear so because large organisations have huge amounts (petabytes plus plus plus) of structured and unstructured data.

The objective of big data is content analysis, or trying to identify repeatable business trends and patterns in an effort to make better-informed business decisions. Many organisations feel that hidden within their repositories of data are gems that could provide significant competitive advantage, and operational knowledge.

The flip side is organising these structured and unstructured repositories, ensuring proper metadata, master data, and data dictionaries  is being used: not just keywords which are relevant to the individual rather than relevant to the organisation as a whole.

A further problem with big data is that it the quantity is so enormous it cannot simply be dropped into a database or spreadsheet for queries to be run against it. It requires extraordinary computing power to undertake these interrogations, and not run on the core systems that might interfere with normal operational process.

Over the past decade Information and Records Managers were concerned about the scale of EDRM solution. Now that major corporates have identified the not getting their house in order can bring about serious commercial failures the concerns over EDRM will seem like a minor issue.

Big Data is where Corporate Governance, Risk, and Compliance meets Information & Records Management. Are Information and Records Managers ready to meet that challenge?

2013 will be my 4th IRMS Conference - Emily Overton

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

2013 will be my 4th Conference and I'm already looking forward to it. I've attended twice as a delegate and to me, conference is the hub of information professionals meeting together to network with likeminded people discuss IRM topics and have healthy debates and whilst getting burning questions answered. 

  • Its about encouraging the new people to join in and the not so new to share their knowledge.
  • Its about learning and developing from engaging speaker sessions
  • Its about moving forward in your career with the support from peers
  • Its about sharing your requirements or business needs with exhibitors who can help
  • Its about enjoying what you do as a professional

From each of the conferences I have been to, there has never been a dull moment. From the day of arrival to leaving the bar at the early hours, you have always felt welcomed.

This year I have the pleasure of being involved in the organisation of the conference and to me, getting involved is what counts.

So why not get involved and experience what I have?

See you in Brighton

Conference 2012 was the first time I had attended - so good I decided to do it again. Scott Sammons

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

2012 was the first time I had attended conference, and I have to admit the prospect was rather daunting. All those professionals, all that knowledge and information I did think “arggghhh” will I blend in, or will I spend 3 days on my own. Thoughts that all go through our heads, which seem small but when deciding on whether to attend suddenly become big questions. However from the moment I arrived I was welcomed and found every delegate, presenter or exhibitor engaging and supportive. Over the 3 days I was able to meet and network with fellow IRM professionals and gain access to knowledge and experience that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

2012 had a wide range of subjects and presenters talking on issues relating just to the UK to the wider world through “Big Data’ or legislative change. We were spoilt for speaker selection as we had speakers from the Audit Commission, the Information Commissioner’s Office, Northumbria University & the Centre for the Investigation of Financial Electronic Records. Not to mention the Gala Dinner speaker Sally Gunnel (who is a very funny lady by the way, an excellent public speaker).

Although I have only been once, for me conference is an excellent opportunity to gain access to current expertise and best practice but also to network, meet new like-minded people and experience the sights and sounds of Brighton. And of course an opportunity to dust off the old tuxedo, eat well and enjoy the Annual Gala Dinner.

For those that had never been before and that are considering coming this year I cannot highly recommend it enough. This year is the 30th anniversary year and the speakers and events lined up look to make it the best yet. For me personally I am very much looking forward to hearing Privacy International speak so will be front row in that session!

I hope to see many of you there. If you see me about feel free to say hello and I wish you all a happy conference.

The main learning and social event of my professional year - Reynold Leming

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

I am looking forward to the main learning and social event of my professional year! I’m doing my packing list and have already written down paracetamol, and (ever the optimist) sunglasses!

This is the first year that I am attending as Special Projects Officer of the Society and I am looking forward to engaging with as many people as possible around the planned Retention Wiki. This will be an open forum for the information and records management community to add and maintain retention rules for different record types. The wiki will be deployed using the open source MediaWiki toolkit. This was originally developed for use on Wikipedia.

The wiki will be deployed as a series of pages. Each content page will be based on a record type for a jurisdiction; an example of this would be "Accounts Payable - UK". For each record type the would be a description of the business activity, the scope of records, the retention rules, any comments, the legal / regulatory / business citations from which the rules is derived and the formats in which records must be maintained.

Initially the wiki will focus on United Kingdom retention rules and will be pre-populated with policies from the well received 'Records Management Toolkit for Schools'. It will aim to cover public, private and third sector records, including special rules for industries such as oil and gas, financial services and pharmaceuticals.

A moderation process will be put in place and business sector 'owners' will be nominated.

I look forward to all thoughts and ideas to help drive this forward.

More generally I think "Big Data, Open Data" is an excellent theme. I am finding Big Data to be a real elephant in the room and look forward to discussing both the opportunities for leveraging the intelligence it contains as well as mitigating the storage and compliance issues.

What does the IRMS Conference mean to me? Meic Pierce Owen

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

What does Conference mean to me?  Well, in many ways Conference encapsulates everything that I think is good about IRMS- and why I got involved in the Society.  Conference is about inclusivity; it is about vibrant minds; it is about hearing ideas that fire the mind; about having the opportunity to discuss things with people who know more than I do about a given topic (of which there are usually plenty to be found!); it is about meeting friends old and new and it is about getting early sight of good stuff that is happening across the Profession...and storms that may be coming! 

It is also about the rare joy of being able to say phrases like ‘business classification scheme’, ‘metadata tagging’ and even ‘retention’ out loud with the reasonable assurance that the people with whom you are speaking will respond in a manner other than that of slight bemusement!  

But above all, Conference for me is about fun. I am genuinely passionate about what I do and Conference is my annual IRM playtime and my laboratory.  It is the time I can let my professional hair down a little (no tittering at the back please!) in the company of my peers and float those musings and ideas that may have been ruminating a while.  Some go on to be things that I use- others may generate other ideas (in either myself or others) whilst some may fall at the hurdle of peer evaluation!  But, and this is the important thing to me, all these ideas are welcome at Conference- as are all those working in IRM- whatever their role or profile. 

Conference to me is part of the glue that holds the Profession together - and long may it remain so!


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