The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is pleased to announce the
publication of a new issue of our online journal eLucidate – Volume 16
issue 1, autumn 2019. You can download the PDF here:

The contents include:

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence: Brave new world?

The UKeiG Members’ Day, held at CILIP HQ on Friday 7th June 2019, showcased
three presentations from Michael Upshall (UNSILO), David Haynes (City,
University of London) and Dr. Tony Russell-Rose (UXLabs, 2dSearch.) The
event explored the impact of artificial intelligence on the knowledge,
information management and library profession. Upshall kicked off the event
by throwing down a gauntlet. Were taxonomies still relevant in an age when
AI was transforming search by enabling concept clustering and semantic
enrichment? Manual classification schemes, vocabularies, taxonomies and
ontologies have always played an essential role in information retrieval
but Upshall argues that they are expensive and fundamentally flawed;
reactive not proactive. “They will never be complete. They will never be
large enough.” Haynes went on to explore the potential impact of AI on the
information resource management cycle, leaving Russell-Rose to deliver an
illuminating crash course on the linguistic phenomena that make natural
language processing (NLP) such a complex and multi-faceted field of
research. “Language is ambiguous,” he said, “and the key tenet of NLP is
resolving that ambiguity.” There was a consensus amongst the delegates that
there are huge challenges and opportunities ahead for the LIS profession;
that information science is fundamental to AI.

Challenging Goliath: Is Microsoft inhibiting enterprise-wide IM?

Martin White, Managing Director of Intranet Focus Ltd, issued another
challenge. Is Microsoft’s domination of the delivery of desktop information
management tools inhibiting effective enterprise-wide information
management? Is our “monolithic adoption” of applications like Office 365’s
Teams (barely out of beta) cramping our creative, strategic style? Are our
IT departments wed to convenient Microsoft solutions that are not relevant
to organisational requirements? A fascinating read.

Then and Now: Contrasts in the scope of information retrieval

Stella Dextre Clarke is a past winner of UKeiG’s prestigious Tony Kent
Strix Award, Vice Chair of the UK branch of the International Society for
Knowledge Organization and presented at last year’s Tony Kent Strix
Memorial Lecture at the Geological Society in London. For those of you who
couldn’t attend the event, she has written an extensive feature that traces
the history of the award winners going back to 1998, articulating how their
research and achievements reflect the scope and evolution of information
retrieval through the years. Stella’s article segues neatly into UKeiG’s
announcement that you can now book online to attend Professor Pia Borlund’s
(Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo
Metropolitan University) Strix lecture in London on Friday 29th November.

UKeiG: Committed to continuing professional development

UKeiG’s professional development programme continues to be a huge success
attracting delegates from all sectors and disciplines of the library and
information profession. In this issue we share delegate feedback on Ned
Potter’s “Better social media for libraries” and the practical ideas and
applications that colleagues took back to the workplace.

Booking is now open for Dion Lindsay’s (Managing Director of Real Knowledge
Management) Advanced Knowledge Management course on Thursday 28th November,
where he explores KM strategy and digital implementation in depth. An
overview of the day, with learning outcomes and background information, is
featured in this issue.

A View from Oxford Road: Reflections on CILIP’s 2019 Conference

Earlier this year UKeiG was delighted to announce that the winners of two
UKeiG bursary places for the CILIP Conference 2019 were Natasha
Chowdory(Clinical Evidence Based Information Specialist, University
Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire) and Stephen Furlong (Information and
Engagement Officer, Careers Service, University of York). Stephen’s
reflections on the event are included in this issue, with Natasha’s to
follow in the next. It’s interesting to read about Stephen’s observations
as a higher education professional on the periphery of the LIS sector. His
report embraces digital innovation, the need for “good data behaviour and
good knowledge management”.

Other features in this issue include Joy Cadwallader (Aberystwyth
University) who gives an update on some new online resources and services
and Katherine Allen (Business Development Director, Information Today
Europe) who provides a sneak preview of the programme for Internet
Librarian International 2019, with details of how UKeiG members can benefit
from a 25% discount on the full conference fee.

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