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Tyler Leshney
Executive Vice President,
Corporate Strategy & Development
The
Curate’s Egg
Right Reverend Host: “I’M
AFRAID YOU’VE GOT A BAD
EGG, MR. JONES!”
The Curate: “OH NO, MY LORD,
I ASSURE YOU! PARTS OF IT
...
www.LAC-Group.com
cu·rate [n. kyoor-it]
noun
1. Chiefly British . a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector
or vi...
www.LAC-Group.com
cu·rate [v. kyoo-reyt, kyoor-eyt]
noun
1. Chiefly British . a member of the clergy employed to assist a ...
www.LAC-Group.com
Information was
sacrosanct –
something to be
revered.
14th Century
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Information is global,
digital, graphical –
something to be
managed.
21st Century
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In a World of Increasing Choices, Curation is Everywhere
Omakase Sushi
(Chef decides)
Curated feeds
and ...
www.LAC-Group.com
Curators are becoming
today’s rock stars!
Curation in the World of Business
We are drowning
in information
but starved for
knowledge.
John Naisbitt
www.LAC-Group.com
• 4.4 trillion GB of data in digital universe today,
doubling every two years
• Data from embedded syste...
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1. Less than 1% of this data is analyzed and
only 3% is tagged
2. 80% of IT infrastructural spend dealin...
www.LAC-Group.com
• eDiscovery
– Searching for information in Emails,
internal memos, chat records, etc.
– Needles in hays...
www.LAC-Group.com
“the active and ongoing management of data
through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to
scholars...
University of Illinois data
curation definition
expressed graphically:
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The Digital Dilemma
Storage is cheap.
Technology is the answer.
Presumption is that we keep it all!
Swing of the Pendulum
Before digital revolution, storage was
limited, costly and often reused.
Used with Permission from
Carson Entertainment Group
In early television
videotape was
expensive, so early
episodes of som...
And a little trip made in July 1969…
even that tape was re-used
Swing of the Pendulum
As technology became
increasingly digital and storage
became less costly, everything
was getting sav...
www.LAC-Group.com
Digital storage may
be cheap, but digital
volume is growing
exponentially
www.LAC-Group.com
Let’s Not Forget the Human Toll
22
Information Overload Causes:
• Loss of focus and creativity
• Product...
The Pendulum Always Seeks
a Position of Equilibrium
The curation
ecosystem needs
a difficult but
crucial step 
There’s the stuff
worth keeping…
…and then there’s
the other stuff!
www.LAC-Group.com
1. Manpower
2. Methodology
3. Mandate
The Future of Information Curation
Technology balanced with the 3M...
www.LAC-Group.com
1. Manpower
2. Methodology
3. Mandate
The Future of Information Curation
Technology balanced with the 3M...
www.LAC-Group.com
MANPOWER
People are an important part of the equation, yet
we face a shortage of the right skills and tr...
Trained to Curate Content Trained to Create Content
www.LAC-Group.com
By 2018, the United States alone could face
a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people
with deep analytical...
www.LAC-Group.com
1. Manpower
2. Methodology
3. Mandate
The Future of Information Curation
Technology balanced with the 3M...
www.LAC-Group.com
Growing Need For:
• Curated selection and migration
• Curation at time of creation
• Usage-based testing...
www.LAC-Group.com
1. Manpower
2. Methodology
3. Mandate
The Future of Information Curation
Technology balanced with the 3M...
www.LAC-Group.com
• C-Suite executive with revenue mentality
• Ability to see over and break down silos
• The Mandate, Cou...
www.LAC-Group.com
• Curation is about choices…
– Not all assets are created equal
– Not all assets are worth investment
– ...
The Leader in Information Curation and
Knowledge Management
Serving Diverse Markets and Industries
Since 1986
www.LAC-Group.com
Where to Find LAC Group
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Office Locations:
Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC,
Chicago, Denver, Lond...
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  • The term derives from a cartoon published in the humorous British magazine Punch in 1895
    In its original context, the term refers to something that is obviously and essentially bad —but its supposed good features credited with undue redeeming power
    In some ways I see this as a metaphor for how we as a society practice the curation of information
    In general things are a mess – but we find things from time to time – so perhaps maybe it’s not so bad afterall…
  • I am not sure how many people know, but curate was originally a noun
    Back in the 14th century when this term originated information was scarce
    The church was really the only place where information was collected, stored and disseminated
  • This is the traditional definition of curate, the VERB that we know and (hopefully) love
    There is proactiveness about the word – taking charge
    There is a sense of making choices – some are items are shown, some are not
    There is a sense of directive and – perhaps dangerously – of a singular view
  • In that light, information was sacrosanct – something to be revered
    In some senses it was literally the word of God
    But in another, perhaps in a less altruistic sense, it meant control
    Control over what was saved, seen and as we know - destroyed
  • In that light, information was sacrosanct – something to be revered
    In some senses it was literally the word of God
    But in another, perhaps in a less altruistic sense, it meant control
    Control over what was saved, seen and as we know - destroyed
  • And boy has it come back
    We have omacasa sushi – we allow our meal to be programmed by the chef
    We have curated twitter feeds
    People present a curated life on FB and there are curators and tastemakers
  • This explosion of data has not only exacerbated the need for curation
    It’s made literal stars out of those that do it best
    We see Questlove here – one of Rick Utley’s favorites – essentially a digital DJ
    Look at the text in the heading from Wired Magazine in March of this year (read heading)
  • So how much data do we need to curate?
    (read slide) –Hobbit comment after first bullet
    Now I know you SMPTE guys are chuckling – 1TB a day – 365TB a year is less than a single 4K feature
    Yes, but the it’s not just the size of your files boys…it’s how you use them….
  • And what other industries are seeing is trouble
    And interestingly it’s less about file size and more about file count!
  • Perhaps the most egregious example of the need for and move to curation can be seen in the legal space around what’s called eDiscovery
    Gone are the days when a company is sued and they turn over 5 or 10 bankers boxes of files
    Now organizations are having to search through millions, sometimes hundreds of millions of pieces of electronic data to uncover potential liability
    Prestigious RAND corp who normally figures out how many people will survive a nuclear attack or what the cost to land on Saturn would be…
  • Why we have digital dilemmas – presumption is that we keep it all!
    But I have a problem with this definition…
  • If we take the univ of illinois definition and express it graphically
    We need to add the notion of deletion
    But how we delete and what we delete and when we delete are all critical question
  • Why we have digital dilemmas – presumption is that we keep it all!
    But I have a problem with this definition…
  • Now I know (and hope) not everyone in the room is from Hollywood
    Quick history lesson on why we are where we are with both physical and digital assets
  • Then came television – and since videotape was expensive – we re-recorded over early episodes of programs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • Oh, and re-used the tape from that little trip we made back in July 1969
  • Now I know (and hope) not everyone in the room is from Hollywood
    Quick history lesson on why we are where we are with both physical and digital assets
  • AND I MEAN EVERYTHING!
  • Note the scale – there is an eight fold decrease in the cost/GB but a million time increase in total data! (1 Zettabyte is 1 million petabytes)
    Same for digital storage – costs coming down, but volume growing exponentially
  • Now I know (and hope) not everyone in the room is from Hollywood
    Quick history lesson on why we are where we are with both physical and digital assets
  • If we take the univ of illinois definition and express it graphically
    We need to add the notion of deletion
    But how we delete and what we delete and when we delete are all critical question
  • Our people are still our core asset -We have over 400 people in the company – vast majority on site
    100+ at library of congress, Nearly 50 at ABC News in NY
    Major law firms, energy companies
  • Positive Steps…from people at Paramount, Sony, Warner and Disney
  • A role that several individuals in this room could play – and in many ways do – just without that seat I think they deserve.
  • Tyler Leshney - The Curate's Egg - AMIA DAS 2014

    1. 1. www.LAC-Group.com 1 Tyler Leshney Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development The Curate’s Egg
    2. 2. Right Reverend Host: “I’M AFRAID YOU’VE GOT A BAD EGG, MR. JONES!” The Curate: “OH NO, MY LORD, I ASSURE YOU! PARTS OF IT ARE EXCELLENT!” “Curate’s Egg” is from a cartoon published in the humorous British magazine Punch in 1895. This presentation is about curation and the discernment of excellence
    3. 3. www.LAC-Group.com cu·rate [n. kyoor-it] noun 1. Chiefly British . a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar. 2. any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest. verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing. 1. to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit): to curate a photography show. 2. to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation Source: dictionary.reference.com “Curate” is a noun dating back to the 14th century, when information was scarce and the church was the primary place where it was collected, stored and disseminated.
    4. 4. www.LAC-Group.com cu·rate [v. kyoo-reyt, kyoor-eyt] noun 1. Chiefly British . a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar. 2. any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest. verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing. 1. to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit): to curate a photography show. 2. to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation Source: dictionary.reference.com This is the VERB definition of curate. As a verb, curate suggests pro-activeness, taking charge. There is a sense of directive and a need to make choices.
    5. 5. www.LAC-Group.com Information was sacrosanct – something to be revered. 14th Century
    6. 6. www.LAC-Group.com Information is global, digital, graphical – something to be managed. 21st Century
    7. 7. www.LAC-Group.com In a World of Increasing Choices, Curation is Everywhere Omakase Sushi (Chef decides) Curated feeds and sharing Tastemakers and Influencers
    8. 8. www.LAC-Group.com Curators are becoming today’s rock stars!
    9. 9. Curation in the World of Business We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. John Naisbitt
    10. 10. www.LAC-Group.com • 4.4 trillion GB of data in digital universe today, doubling every two years • Data from embedded systems (MP3 players, MRI scanners, etc.) challenging established datacenter practices • Digital entertainment migration almost complete • Fastest-growing subcategory of the digital universe is metadata (data about the data) According to Study by IDC and EMC2
    11. 11. www.LAC-Group.com 1. Less than 1% of this data is analyzed and only 3% is tagged 2. 80% of IT infrastructural spend dealing with duplicate data 3. 90% of data in some organizations deemed “dark data” Sources: (1) http://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/idc-the-digital-universe-in-2020.pdf (2) Presentation by Johnny Lee – Grant Thornton (AIIM 2014 Conference - Orlando) (3) www.wikibon.org Trouble Ahead…
    12. 12. www.LAC-Group.com • eDiscovery – Searching for information in Emails, internal memos, chat records, etc. – Needles in haystacks • Good for lawyers, bad for business • Forcing Need for Curation • Shorter user retention • Significant limits on inbox and shared drive space • New policies and procedures Legal Ramifications and Expenses Driving Curation Rand Corporation estimates that e- discovery costs $18,000 per GB.
    13. 13. www.LAC-Group.com “the active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain its quality, add value, and provide for reuse over time, and this new field includes authentication, archiving, management, preservation, retrieval, and representation.” From University of Illinois: Data Curation Definition
    14. 14. University of Illinois data curation definition expressed graphically:
    15. 15. www.LAC-Group.com The Digital Dilemma Storage is cheap. Technology is the answer. Presumption is that we keep it all!
    16. 16. Swing of the Pendulum Before digital revolution, storage was limited, costly and often reused.
    17. 17. Used with Permission from Carson Entertainment Group In early television videotape was expensive, so early episodes of some programming (like The Tonight Show) were recorded over.
    18. 18. And a little trip made in July 1969… even that tape was re-used
    19. 19. Swing of the Pendulum As technology became increasingly digital and storage became less costly, everything was getting saved. Resulting in the digital /data equivalent of…
    20. 20. www.LAC-Group.com Digital storage may be cheap, but digital volume is growing exponentially
    21. 21. www.LAC-Group.com Let’s Not Forget the Human Toll 22 Information Overload Causes: • Loss of focus and creativity • Productivity drain • Anxiety and stress
    22. 22. The Pendulum Always Seeks a Position of Equilibrium
    23. 23. The curation ecosystem needs a difficult but crucial step 
    24. 24. There’s the stuff worth keeping…
    25. 25. …and then there’s the other stuff!
    26. 26. www.LAC-Group.com 1. Manpower 2. Methodology 3. Mandate The Future of Information Curation Technology balanced with the 3M’s
    27. 27. www.LAC-Group.com 1. Manpower 2. Methodology 3. Mandate The Future of Information Curation Technology balanced with the 3M’s
    28. 28. www.LAC-Group.com MANPOWER People are an important part of the equation, yet we face a shortage of the right skills and training.
    29. 29. Trained to Curate Content Trained to Create Content
    30. 30. www.LAC-Group.com By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions. Source: McKinsey & Company Study: Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity, May 2011 by James Manyika, Michael Chui, Brad Brown, Jacques Bughin, Richard Dobbs, Charles Roxburgh, Angela Hung Byers MANPOWER
    31. 31. www.LAC-Group.com 1. Manpower 2. Methodology 3. Mandate The Future of Information Curation Technology balanced with the 3M’s
    32. 32. www.LAC-Group.com Growing Need For: • Curated selection and migration • Curation at time of creation • Usage-based testing and culling METHODOLOGY
    33. 33. www.LAC-Group.com 1. Manpower 2. Methodology 3. Mandate The Future of Information Curation Technology balanced with the 3M’s
    34. 34. www.LAC-Group.com • C-Suite executive with revenue mentality • Ability to see over and break down silos • The Mandate, Courage & Support to be able to say… Chief Integrated Archive Officer MANDATE … to information not worthy of preservation.
    35. 35. www.LAC-Group.com • Curation is about choices… – Not all assets are created equal – Not all assets are worth investment – Not all assets are worth keeping • Need insight for informed decisions • Need people/partners to create insight The Hard Truth About Curation
    36. 36. The Leader in Information Curation and Knowledge Management
    37. 37. Serving Diverse Markets and Industries Since 1986
    38. 38. www.LAC-Group.com Where to Find LAC Group 39 Office Locations: Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, London Telephone: 800-987-6794 Online: www.lac-group.com www.facebook.com/LACGroup twitter.com/lac_group

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