New skills for information professionals in knowledge intensive organizations (5)
New Skills for Information Professionals in
Open and Big Data
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We have been reinventing the university
since 1995, when the UOC was created as
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Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Open University of Catalonia, UOC
- Introduction questions
- Emerging topics
- Media, social media and post-truth
- Open Science and Open Data
- New skills for information professionals
- Open Science
- Public Security and Intelligence
- Big Data and Business Intelligence: Data Literacy
- Social Media
- Data Science
- Open Government
Are scientists reluctant to changes?
The state of open data: a selection of analyses and articles about open data, curated by Figshare (2016). London: Digital Science. 48 p.
Disponible a: https://figshare.com/articles/The_State_of_Open_Data_Report/4036398
Are there multiple kinds of datasets?
1 paper, 5154 authors!!!
Open Science, new skills for researchers and
1. Skills and expertise necessary for open access publishing.
2. Skills and expertise regarding research data, data production, management,
analysis/use/reuse, dissemination and a change of paradigm from “protected data by
default” to “open data by default”, respecting legal, and other constraints.
3. Skills and expertise to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary
4. Skills and expertise resulting from a broad concept of citizen science, where
researchers interact with general public to enhance the impact of science and research.
(European Comission 2017,
Public Security and Intelligence
1. Ability to plan, manage and evaluate projects with a strategic vision and targeting results
2. Ability to know and develop computer solutions, apply specific techniques for data
management and treatment to solve specific problems
3. Capacity to inform and advise on the different systems of prevention and reaction to the
4. Ability to capture and filter reliable information, structure and exploit value data to
extract useful knowledge oriented to planning and decision making
5. Communicate and predict the effects of corporate reputation in risk environments
(Hernandez, G. et al 2017, http://bid.ub.edu/es/38/hernandez.htm )
Big Data and Business Intelligence:
1. Knowing when it is appropriate to use data for a specific purpose.
2. Know how to interpret data visualizations, such as graphics and tables.
3. Applying critical thinking to the information derived from the analysis of the data.
4. Understanding what tools and methods exist, and when and how they can be applied.
5. Recognizing when data has been manipulated or misinterpreted.
6. Knowing how to communicate information regarding data to people without adequate
(Curto, J, 2017, http://dataanalysis.blogs.uoc.edu/2017/10/30/data-literacy/ )
Social Media, new skills for information
1. Knowing the steps and tips to bring a good personal or organizational digital reputation.
2. Understanding the network of roles within the social media, in which there is not only
the community manager.
3. Knowing the basics of content curation: search, select, characterize and disseminate the
most relevant content on a topic.
4. Learning to give added value through a relevant selection and presentation of results.
5. Enhancing an online user community.
6. Determining the veracity of the content of social networks and the Internet
(Edison Project , 2017, http://edison-project.eu/sites/edison-project.eu/files/filefield_paths/edison_cf-ds-release2-v08_0.pdf )
1. Transparency: It includes the actions related to the transparency, that is to say, the publication of
public information in a comprehensible and accessible way for the citizen and the management of
the right of access to information.
2. Open data: It involves the actions aimed at making available to specialized groups public data that
can be treated and used for lucrative and non-profit purposes.
3. Good governance: It refers to initiatives and instruments to ensure and promote the quality of
public services and strengthen control over the Administration and political power.
4. Citizen participation: It involves the establishment of measures to encourage the participation and
collaboration of citizens in the definition of public policies.
5. Cultural change: It groups the actions aimed at promoting and raising awareness about the open
government, as well as the training of the agents involved.
(Pla de Govern Obert 2017-2018, http://governobert.gencat.cat/ca/detalls/noticia/15_notiplagovernobert-00001
1. The world of information is changing drastically, even more than the ability of information
professionals to adapt to it
2. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the
one that is most adaptable to change
3. Each new skill is a deepening or reinterpretation of the classic capabilities of the information
4. We should, as information professionals, be more proactive than ever in defining the new
5. The passage of information to the data should not be an impediment to add our value
6. The broader the vision of the information professional, the better.
7. Lifelong learning and professional recycling will be more important than ever