Stephen E. Arnold
The rise of automatic document conversion could render vast amounts of data collected by government agencies useful. In their article, “Solving the Search Problem for Large-Scale Repositories,” GCN explains why this technology is a game-changer, and offers tips for a smooth conversion. Writer Mike Gross tells us:
In one particular case the cost of the automated process was less than one-tenth of the traditional process. Making content searchable, allowing for content to be reformatted and reorganized as needed, gives agencies tremendous opportunities to automate and improve processes, while at the same time improving workflow and providing previously unavailable metrics.
Nader Ale Ebrahim
The Future of Knowledge Sharing for Development in a Digital Age: Delivering an open and fair digital society.
Rachel Playforth introduces a new report on how digital technologies might contribute to or damage development agendas in the coming years. Through scenario development planning, the project investigated the landscape of developing countries in the digital age and how practitioners and policymakers might best respond. None of the scenarios below represents the most desirable outcome, but by working backwards from an ideal future, participants were able to develop key strategies for positive change.
Stephen E. Arnold
Search Left Out of the Collaborative Economy Honeycomb
… I saw a post which pointed me to the Chief Digital Officer Summit and that pointed me to this page with the amazing honeycomb shown below. The title is “Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2: Watch It Grow” … But what caused me to perk up and pay attention was one factoid:There were zero search, content processing, or next generation information access companies in the list.
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On stage, McGrath reiterated: “I think that open source intelligence is one of our biggest assets in understanding secret surveillance program because it’s something that can’t be shut down and it’s something that can be collected in a very decent decentralized fashion,” he said. “We have the potential to actually build a surveillance state that is a decentralize check on the surveillance state based on this open data.”