This is the first reflective post of a series of three that will be based on the module INM348, Digital Information Technologies and Architectures. Material discussed in both sessions and tutorials will be covered in the blog posts alongside any other relevant information that pertains to the course. Here goes my first post! Enjoy!
Data? What does the term even mean? Coming into class I assumed the more quantitative definition assuming that it was a set of numerical variables. After class I realized that there was more to the topic then I knew most definitely. Data can be described as a qualitative variable that we can interpret as what is given. Data can also be described as a quantitative variable with a numerical variable of sort. So how do we begin to understand what data is? We must look at the relationship between data and information. How does data become information? How do we interpret data into information? These are important questions to reflect upon when looking at the topic of data and information. We can begin to understand data by looking at the various ways of collecting data and then attempt to comprehend how to filter data into information. What is relevant? What is presentable? What is engaging? All questions that assist in putting information out that is in return meaningful data. In my perspective data will forever continue to get larger and it will only exceed that of human intellectual capacity. American futurist Raymond Kurzweil describes this as exponential growth and the whole world is accelerating with the amount of data that is being stored and has surpassed that of human being’s functional memory.
“You will be assimilated” following the first session which allowed myself to acknowledge data and how we process it into information we took a look into the development of information architectures which allow us to make understanding information. Computers and the internet play a keen role in the development of information architectures such as websites and databases which provide individuals to grasp information in various formats. We’re in the 21st century where digital information can be accessed by all young and old, my 2-year-old nephew has an iPad and can access Netflix with ease. The development of the computer and internet over time makes me wonder what will our society be like at the turn of the 22nd century. Will computers become obsolete as tablets have?
To conclude this blog, I have realized that data can never become information right away there’s various steps in filtering data before it becomes valuable information. Understanding the connection between data and information and how it is represented in a digital form with the use of the computer and other forms of information architectures that will only continue to grow as time goes. When looking at the importance of what has been discussed in sessions and tutorials thus far it relates to Library and Information Science students as we are curators who are the forefront of information and technology services.