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Ken Chad Ken Chad Consulting
In 2017 the Economist magazine, in a much quoted article said, ”the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. Smartphones and the internet have made data abundant, ubiquitous and far more valuable”. While data may be abundant, in the world of libraries, publishers and intermediaries it is typically siloed and the value and potential to improve services has barely begun to be realised. Ken will argue that, on their own, data from libraries, publishers or conventional intermediaries will not be enough to deliver the kinds of predictive analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions that are emerging. Commercial companies and sector bodies like Jisc have begun to develop platforms that make use of data from a variety of sources. This will be an intensely competitive environment and it is not yet clear who the winners will be for, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the world economic forum in January 2018, ‘whoever controls data will have control over the world in the future’. The data wars have begun...